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William at War

Written by Richmal Crompton

Illustrated by Thomas Henry

Part of the Just William series Series

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William at War Review

Adventure Stories Classic Fiction Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

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? William is determined to do his bit, but unfortunately no one else thinks he'd make a hero. This title includes ten wonderful wartime stories where William proves himself just as dangerous, unpredictable and downright troublesome as the Enemy themselves.

A Piece of Passion from the Editor - "I love William Brown, Richmal Crompton’s scruffy, incorrigible hero. I want to join his gang, the Outlaws, and roam about with Ginger, Henry and Douglas. He is very, very funny, and ninety-six years after his first appearance William is still delighting fans with his well-meant plans that always go awry, and his endless optimism. If William wants something he will find a way to make it happen and when things go wrong, as they always do, he will think of a way, however unconventional, of ‘sorting it out’.  I am reassured and comforted by his long-suffering family. His forgiving mother and unimpressed father; his glamorous sister, Ethel, forever being courted by suitors; his uptight brother; his excellent dog, Jumble, and an endless supply of cousins and aunts. He has come to symbolize a particular vision of childhood – a scruffy, confident boy who spends his time outside planning and playing, leaving a trail of chaos and mayhem in his wake."

Praise from Charlie Higson ‘Today William would probably be put into therapy and made the subject of a documentary.  Except, of course, William always got away with it.  Despite the trail of chaos and anarchy he leaves behind, he always ends up as the only thing that any boy has ever wanted to be.  A hero.’ 

'Sue Townsend learned to read with Just William:  I learned to read during the three weeks I was away from school with a spectacular case of mumps. (Mumps were mumps in the 1950s.) My mother went to a rummage sale and came back with a pile of William books written by Richmal Crompton, a person I assumed to be a man. I looked at the illustrations and laughed, then I tried to read the captions underneath these delightful scratchy drawings. My mother helped me out, and slowly and mysteriously the black squiggles turned into words which turned into sentences, which turned into stories. I could read. There should have been a 100-gun salute. The Red Arrows should have flown overhead. The night sky should have blazed with fireworks. I joined the library thirsting after more William books. I read one a day and then two a day,then I ran out and fumbled along the library shelves pulling out books at random. Nothing was ever as good as William, but the die was cast, I was addicted to print.' The Guardian

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William at War Synopsis

There is only one William. This tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, loveable imp of mischief has been harassing his unfortunate family and delighting his hundreds of thousands of admirers since 1922.

This is one of 5 new editions in the Just William series.

Gaby Morgan, Editorial Director at Macmillan Children's, said: "We are immensely proud of our heritage at Macmillan and one of the jewels in our crown is Richmal Crompton's incorrigible hero, William Brown... We know that William has a lot of fans and are so delighted that 14 fabulous illustrators have agreed to create their vision of 'William' for us. They are all gorgeous and different but each captures the irrepressible spirit of Richmal Crompton's timeless hero." 

The editions will retain the original b/w line illustrations by Thomas Henry and Henry Ford.

William at War Press Reviews

‘The Harry Potter of the ‘20s’ - Martin Jarvis

‘William’s world might not be familiar, but William certainly will be. He is that scruffy boy with the screwed up face and with his own logic, who pedantically questions every rule and sets out to break most of them.’ - Sue Townsend

‘Get ready to laugh until you think your boots will never dry. And on a more practical level, learn new ways to annoy people’ - Louise Rennison

‘Probably the funniest, toughest children’s books ever written’ Sunday Times

'Richmal Crompton’s creation has been famed for his cavalier attitude to life and those who would seek to circumscribe his enjoyment of it ever since he first appeared’ - The Guardian

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ISBN: 9781447285366
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447285366
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Richmal Crompton
Illustrator: Thomas Henry
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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 ...

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