Just William by Richmal Crompton

Just William

Written by Richmal Crompton

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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 direct; the adult world just can’t budge him. I loved William when I was a boy, and think I might like him even more today. All the world’s leaders should read JUST WILLIAM – quick!


Just William by Richmal Crompton

There is only one Just William. The loveable imp has been harassing his unfortunate family and entertaining readers for years. Here, the Outlaws plan a day of non-stop adventure. The only problem is, William is meant to be babysitting. But William won't let that stop him having fun with his gang - he'll just bring the baby along!


A favourite chosen by Michael Morpurgo. He says of the Just William stories: "These are a must for every child."

Anne Fine on her favourite children's book of all time:"Every child's perfect companion: lippy, irrepressible and inventive to an almost pathological degree."

The first in the series of classic stories about William Brown, a boy who is never far from trouble. William and his friends form The Outlaws, a gang devoted to getting up to no good at every possible opportunity. William has a charming way of getting both into and out of difficulties by smooth talking. Wickedly funny, Just William must be read by every generation – it never goes out of date!

About the Author

Richmal Crompton

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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Pan Macmillan

Publication date

3rd February 2006




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