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Just William: 90th Anniversary Edition: 90th Annivesary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Richmal Crompton
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Just William makes his mark in this hilarious collection of twelve classic stories. Whether it's trying to arrange a marriage for his sister or taking a job as a boot boy as step one in his grand plan to run away, William manages to cause chaos wherever he goes. Features a charming introduction by one of William's famous fans, the wonderful comic writer Sue Townsend.

Book Description

Just William makes his mark in this hilarious collection of twelve classic stories. Whether it's trying to arrange a marriage for his sister or taking a job as a boot boy as step one in his grand plan to run away, William manages to cause chaos wherever he goes. Features a charming introduction by one of William's famous fans, the wonderful comic writer Sue Townsend.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; TV tie-in ed edition (9 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330507451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330507455
  • ASIN: B003GK21NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richmal Crompton was born in Lancashire in 1890.

The first story about William Brown appeared in Home magazine in 1919, and the first collection of William stories was published in book form three years later.

In all, thirty-eight William books were published, the last one in 1970, after Richmal Crompton¹s death.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This hardcover book is a facsimile of the first ever 'William' book. The books 5.5" x 6.5" x 1", and well bound, but not with the little pretty cotton coloured binding, just glue & paper. All the original illustrations are present. Text size is large - I don't need glasses to read the stories to my son (9). I won't bore you with reviews of these first William stories, any child of the sixties like me will be familiar with these. I suppose the stories aren't dissimilar to beginning of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer'. They share the witty humour of cheeky boys pushing at adults set boundaries, although, fortunately for him, William never has to face the likes of 'Indian Joe' in the English shires. William stories aren't 'coming of age' either (girls are for dipping pigtails into inkwells). His charm is that he steadfastly refuses to grow up, and he is always a typical roguish but lovable preteen boy knocking about with his outlaw mates.

This first book collected together the short stories a very young Richmal wrote for `Home Magazine' and were aimed more at adults than later books (e.g. the first story in Just William, `William at the pictures' was actually the fourth one published - `Rice Mould' being the first). `Rice Mould' doesn't appear until the second book `More William' though, also published in 1922. William moved with the times though, and his stories were written up to the 1970's, and many will remember the Armada paperback books from the 1960's that mixed stories together. At the time of her death in 1969 Richmal had written 39 William books and sold over 8 million copies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Takes me back to my childhood days when Just William was the source of my fun. I used to, and still do, admire the all immersing nature of Richmal Crompton's writing. She obviously has her own fondness for the character she created, giving him opportunities to create inadvertent mayhem that are simply wonderful to be part of. Loud chuckles accompany the reader as you find William achieving the impossible, against all odds and plunging into abject disaster at the drop of a hat. GREAT FUN!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just William - Enjoyable Across Generations 24 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first read this book (and several others in the series) back in the 1950s. At the time I found it entertaining and amusing. I have now bought the kindle version to read both for myself, but also aloud to younger children. Like Winnie the Pooh it has a charm which stretches across the generations, though I expect that some of the vocabulary will need explanation to some of the younger listeners. I still find the humour amusing as an adult, though the settings are somewhat dated (I remember thinking this even in the 1950s!). Nevertheless, this is an excellent children's book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift 27 Jan 2014
By Chipper
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my 70+ husband who received 'William' books from his Grandma for his birthdays and loved them . He read this one straight away and really enjoyed the happy memories it brought back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just William 4 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't resist this, having read all the William stories many years ago. I suppose they're a bit dated but the characters are vivid and very amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNFAIR 23 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
bit of a ratings con. bought for my 10 year old grandson. and have graded it on 60 years ago when i was 8
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Opener To The Series 27 Dec 2010
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
`Just William', though I am sure most people have read it already, is a collection of tales about William Brown a rather scruffy and outdoorsy eleven year old who very much lives in the world of make believe of Indians and pirates and who sees every day as an adventure, much to the annoyance of his family and the local people he lives near by. That is except for the other local boys with whom he causes all sorts of mischief in their troupe `The Outlaws'. This first book sees William in all sorts of japes such as trying to avoid being a page boy, falling for the same woman as his brother - well she does love playing Indians after all, taking over a sweet shop and babysitting all with rather comic and naughty outcomes.

Reading them as an adult I did chuckle quite a few times, I would have loved to have been left a `Ye Olde Sweet Shop' at my disposal at eleven and would quite possibly have ended up in the same situation too, yet what I found the most interesting thing about it was that reading it now it feels like a really insightful insight into society at the time of the 1920's. For example the father of the family seems to come home from work in a rather bad mood every day, find the children rather a trivial burden and then disappear of to the study and Mum seems to spend most of the day in a frantic whirl despite the fact she has a maid and a cook. It's slightly stereotyped and yet you can't help feeling this was possibly the way things simply were at the time in that kind of society. Sorry I have gone all historical and digressed!

I have to admit that I was left wondering if kids nowadays will quite get it. There's no magic, no ending up lost on a treasure island or monsters to deal with but that was what charmed me in a way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is an excellent read for children. Nostalgic for parents
Published 22 days ago by jiminlondon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book of youth and all its fantasies
Published 1 month ago by STUART JOHN ELLISON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It still makes me laugh.
Published 2 months ago by Lynette Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars like all books about William
Just splendid, like all books about William.
Published 3 months ago by Rauno Aho
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable
Really enjoying these stories. Never read them when I was younger; now 50 years on making up for lost time.
Published 3 months ago by A. E. Fincham
5.0 out of 5 stars I find myself laughing out loud in places - a great escape from the...
Really enjoying catching up with the original stories of William that I never got to read or listen to as a child - perhaps I appreciate them more now I'm older! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carole Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book but Not thePicture.
I love the book,but the picture shown above looks nothing like William on the original book jackets,to me it looks more like his older brother Robert would have looked at Williams... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs W Waugh
2.0 out of 5 stars I read this a child.
I think I must have matured (a bit) since then ! I am sure it will be ok for a youngster, it was a mistake on my part harking back to days of yore !
Published 12 months ago by D. Macintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars absouloutley hilarious!
I think it was such an enjoyable read so funny and even though its funny it keeps you turning the pages! Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Campbell
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