The Schoolboy's Pocket Book
The Schoolboy's Pocket Book was published in 1951. It is in pott octavo size of four by six and a quarter inches, with 160 pages. The publishers, Evans, badly misjudged the size of boy's pockets of that time. (Perhaps they took as a yardstick the misnamed Pocket Oxford Dictionary). Everything Carlton Wallace thought a boy needed to know is in The Schoolboy's Pocket Book:
• The length of the world’s longest rivers
• The height of the world’s tallest mountains
• The names of the Kings and Queens of England
• The area of the world’s lakes and seas
The names of Britain’s fastest trains and ships
The Schoolboy's Pocket Book is completely useless when the schoolboy becomes a man. It offers no advice about asking a girl out on a date or how kissing on the lips is done. It is completely silent on how to order beer in a pub. There's not even an entry about wearing long trousers. Cripes!