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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330545205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330545204
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,212 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's much-loved character, William Brown, is back in ten wartime stories, set during World War II. Now with a contemporary cover look --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 Crompton’s death

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 2 Aug. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Now the war has began Wiliam the optimist is determind to do his bit for his country. But this is not as easy as it sounds. Wiliams efforts don't always go interly as planned. When Wiliam tries to collect scrap iron. He ends up taking poor Mrs Bevertons wartime exebition wich is iron but not scrap and changing it too some iron from Ms Miltons tool shed. He tries to evacuate some children from Hadley and while they're in the cellar three people visit and all are left with something.
A really hilaurious book for everyone!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. PERRIN on 29 Oct. 2010
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Richmal Crompton's William books should be required reading in every school for 8 year olds onwards. Not only are they funny, well written, cleverly plotted and and with memorable characters but they also provide an insight into the social history and changing attitudes of the English middle class family during the period from the end of the First World War to the 1960's. They are timeless classics.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2000
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Absolutely Brilliant!
Are the only Two words that can describe this book. Richmal Crompton describes perfectly the mischeivous adventures of William Brown and his colleagues. On his way he will encounter adventure, fright, enemies, and allways get into trouble.
This book is truly the work of pure genious.
Now isn't it about time you began reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jiff on 28 Jan. 2013
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Each chapter is a story based around William and his gang the Outlaws during the 2nd World War. My son's topic at school was WWII so it was fitting we read these together. He enjoyed the antics of the characters and over the course of the book a pattern emerged. William often ends up the hero because he's inadvertently done something good when it all looked like it was going terribly wrong. Of course, it is of its time. Girls aren't much fun, boys like a good fight, a lisp was something funny, its ok to call someone "fat face" and not mean the jumper they're wearing, and Health and Safety had not been invented so its ok for William to sit on an unexploded bomb. By the end, the outcomes were pretty predictable but as a slice of bygone life and humour, still a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. F. Kelland on 21 May 2012
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My 8 year old daughter loved this, and with very few explanations, she understood the plots which particularly related to wartime Britain. Despite the fact that William is an (eternal) 11 year old, he seems to have a particular appeal to her age group. Perhaps this is because he represents an age of innocent rural pursuits, and his well-meaning but often misguided attempts to help others are too often misunderstood as being mischeivous. The beautifully crafted line drawings which illustrated the original books are faithfully reproduced on the Kindle version but it would be good if these could be made bigger (as the font size can be)n order to fully appreciate them. Overall a worthwhile purchase which produced some real out loud laughter in the reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By January on 1 Oct. 2011
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As usual, an excellent set of stories featuring William Brown, a real boy's boy. The stories are witty & full of laugh out loud moments as anyone would know who has listened to them on radio. This book has the additional interest of being set against a war background & evokes the 'feel' of that time - attitudes & ideas which are very different from today's.
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