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William the Pirate Paperback – 18 Jul 1985


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (18 July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333389042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333389041
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Richmal Crompton was born 1890 in Bury, Lancashire, the daughter of a schoolteacher-curate Edward Lamburn, most famous for her Just William humorous short stories and books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By munkster on 10 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
You don't hear much about Richmal Crompton's William series these days - I don't think they're on the flipping National Curriculum or whatever it's called now. I discovered Master Brown in my local library nearly thirty years ago while at primary school and it's a love that's never deserted me.
Maybe the audiobooks would be a bit hard-going for children (or adults) that haven't had the pleasure of reading Crompton's originals. Part of the pleasure of William is the comfort blanket that wraps itself around you when you know each of her perfectly chosen words by heart.
Even so, Martin Jarvis brings these stories to life. His characterisations are spot on (Mrs. Bott is a true nouveau riche star)and the sheer joyous comedy will make you giggle like a schoolkid yourself. Even a boy from the 1930s seems timeless both on paper and CD in the hands of the masterful Crompton and Jarvis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By churchhouse16 on 26 Sep 2011
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The item is exactly what it says on the tin, AND with fast and efficient service as usual. Purchasing from Amazon sets the bar very high indeed.
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By Corrybeag on 7 Jun 2013
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I love all the early William books and this is one of the funniest. It contains the story of William's revenge on the nasty neighbour, which i've been trying to get for a long time.
Brilliant fun, though I may have to part with it for a birthday present. However, I'll try to replace it ASAP.
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My ten year old boy has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and television has to be strictly limited. The 'Just William' series has filled that gap; he and I have read our way through twenty volumes of them in the last six months, and they are perfect medicine! Each chapter is self-contained, so doesn't require too much concentration; they are well-written, introducing him to many new words and complicated sentence structures, so I feel we are not wasting our time; he has begun comparing William's life throughout the series, and has developed a sense of the changes in British Social Life during the First Half of the Twentieth Century; and they are so funny they make us both laugh out loud. Just what the doctor ordered!
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