Marcia Faversham, having despatched her husband John on a four-month fishing trip, is looking forward to the peace and tranquillity of the house without him. But not only does she have her young family - Hugo, a sturdy, golden child, slightly ashamed of his younger brother Tim, struggling to keep up in a surgical boot and irons after polio, and Moyna, gentle and kind but adoring Hugo - but there's Miss Mitcham causing difficulties. Miss Mitcham, small and sharp, is a power to be feared in Leadon Hill, watching, watching, from behind the lace curtains of the drawing-room of Ivy Cottage, and dissecting reputations at her select little tea parties. Marcia suffers from their gossiping tongues, but now they have a new victim, for 'The Chestnuts' has at last been let, to Miss West, young, single - and from Italy. Originally published in 1927
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.