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Richmal Crompton - Author

Richmal Crompton was born at Bury in Lancashire, the second child of Reverend Edward John Sewell Lamburn, a teacher at the Bury Grammar School and his wife Clara (née Crompton). Her brother, John Battersby Crompton Lamburn, also became a writer, under the name John Lambourne, and is remembered for his fantasy novel The Kingdom That Was (1931).

Crompton attended schools in Lancashire and Derbyshire, including St Elphin’s, a boarding school for daughters of the clergy in Warrington, Lancashire, and later won a scholarship to study at the Royal Holloway College in London, receiving a BA Honours degree in Classics. She also took part in the Women's Suffrage movement at the time. She returned to St Elphin’s as the Classics mistress in 1914, and later, at age 27, moved to Bromley High School in south east London where she began her writing in earnest. Having contracted poliomyelitis, she was left without the use of her right leg in 1923. She gave up her teaching career and began to write full-time. She died in 1969 at her home in Farnborough in Kent. She was a close contemporary of Enid Blyton.

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Just William
Richmal Crompton - illustrated by Thomas Henry
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Riddell this is a new edition of Just William, the very first collection of stories about a redoubtable boy who is always in one...
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More William
Richmal Crompton - illustrated by Thomas Henry
When Aunt Lucy tells William that 'a busy day is a happy day', William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his efforts to cheer up Christmas Day - and when a conjuring trick...
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William Again
Richmal Crompton - illustrated by Thomas Henry
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Garbutt. The irrepressible William returns with fourteen fantastic adventures. Totally bankrupt, William and Ginger can't even buy sweets. But then William has a brilliant...
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William the Fourth
Richmal Crompton - illustrated by Thomas Henry
In William the Fourth Whether he's occupying a bear suit that's slightly too small for him, cloaked in mystery as a fortune teller or attired in the flowing robes of a Fairy Queen, William is unmistakably himself: trouble in human...
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William at War
Richmal Crompton - illustrated by Thomas Henry
Richmal Crompton's much-loved character, William Brown, is back in ten wartime stories, set during World War II. William is always ready to offer his services to his country. But why is it that his enthusiastic contribution is so seldom appreciated?...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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William Again (90th Anniversary Edition)
Richmal Crompton
The irrepressible William returns with fourteen fantastic adventures. Totally bankrupt, William and Ginger can't even buy sweets. But then William has a brilliant idea - they could sell Ginger's twin cousins as slaves! Before too long, William is in serious...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2009
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William At War (90th Anniversary Edition)
Richmal Crompton
William is always ready to offer his services to his country. But why is it that his enthusiastic contribution is so seldom appreciated? William is determined to do his bit, but unfortunately no one else thinks he'd make a hero....
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2009
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More William (90th Anniversary Edition)
Richmal Crompton
When Aunt Lucy tells William that 'a busy day is a happy day', William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his efforts to cheer up Christmas Day - and when a conjuring trick...
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Just William
Richmal Crompton
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. A rough boy in a posh house – it's a great combination. This book is both quietly and out-loud funny. William's adventures are very funny, but his philosophy and outlook are hilarious and consistently...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/02/2006
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