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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (6 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033050746X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330507462
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Now with a fantastic re-designed cover to tie-in with the brand new BBC WILLIAM television series!

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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I loved the William books when I was a kid, and rereading these stories, they are even better and funnier than I remember them. I read somewhere they were originally written for adults, not children, as a comment on the fashions, trends and mores of the time, and some of the vocabulary would definitely not be familiar to most 11-year-olds.

Just a couple of minor quibbles on the Kindle edition - where there should have been illustrations, it just showed the word "Illustration" and the caption, and the chapters didn't start on an new page. I notice another reviewer did get the illustrations, so maybe my Kindle isn't set up right (though I did get the illustrations in another book). Anyway, I don't want to be too fussy, given the book is free and, I gather, was put together by volunteers.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2011
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The William books were already 'vintage' when I read them as a child and had to be rescued from charity shops, so I wasn't quite sure how I would find these stories today - but to my huge relief they're just as funny, subversive and hysterical as I remember.

As another reviewer mentions, these books were originally written for adults, something which passed me by when I first read them, but which leaps to the eye now. William's good intentions, icy logic and sullen determination in the face of adults are a hilarious tribute to domestic mavericks everywhere.

If you haven't tried William before, then this is an excellent place to start - highly recommended.
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Readers who enjoyed the Wiliam books in their childhood need have no qualms about going back to them in mature age; like the best literature for children, they pass the test of time in both senses, over the decades and throughout life. There is nothing condescending about the tone: the readers are taken as seriously as the protagonist himself, which makes the comedy all the more irresistable. Orginal illustrations and(as far as I can tell)typography contribute to create an inviting time warp; I wonder what today's kids make of it.
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Came across this and remembered my boyhood reading and enjoying some 'William' stories on Radio 4 a couple of years ago. Just the thing for a coffee break - a chapter of this is just long enough. Many of the observations on society and politics are just as relevant today as when it was written between the wars! No sex, no swearing, no violence (well, not really) - just fun.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2015
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As a child I confess to not liking the William books very much, although I was a huge fan of the television series. As an adult I absolutely love these books and devouring one is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life. Unlike Horrid Henry I like the fact that William, a) gets his comeuppance every now and again and b) is actually rather lovely at heart. I adore the dialogue in these books, the way William and the other children talk is a complete delight and wasps will be forever 'wopses' to me.
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It seems to me as if the much loved and remembered Richmal Crompton had two versions of William in her literary noddle. There's William that most know - rumbustious, boisterous but with the resulting chaos never really looked for - but there's also another William not so likeable - deeply jealous, vindictive and malicious; this collection is mostly, sadly, tales of the latter. In most of this book, William breaks, steals and lies because he wants to, and I think, possibly, this is what another reviewer has also noticed in relation to his comment that this book didn't seem to contain the William Brown he remembered from years ago.

There are still some brilliant bits, whole chapters even (the Christmas one is excellent), but overall, not the best collection of stories from over the years.

Although it is also obvious across many other William tales, it's something you realise the more William books you read, it did not seem a priority for Richmal Crompton to utilise and maximise William's gang - its members of course, Henry, Douglas and Ginger aka the Outlaws; these do not feature here as such (at least not in 'gang formation'), and the only other character who threatens to scream to the power of three (minus lisp and without throwing up ensuing) is a young boy, Thomas, and not the one forever associated with this threat, Violet Elizabeth - this young lady is nowhere to be seen, but we do get Joan Clive, and she is a lovely support character in the Christmas chapter.

There are better William books than this, and better collections of previously published stories; this is ok, just about, but the other books are better as they feature a less wilfully destructive version of the boy.
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I had forgotten just how good these stories are. Yes, they're very much of their time and decidedly not PC by any stretch of the imagination, but childhood is childhood in any age and Richmal Crompton captured this beautifully. William may be a handful but he's not malicious or vindictive, in fact he has his own rather peculiar moral code. This is particularly evident in the story about the May Queen, where he ensures that the 'right' person gets the role, and the story about the little girl facing an impoverished Christmas with her dad just coming out of prison. What is particularly remarkable is the standard of living of what must have been a fairly ordinary middle-class family. For example, there's a cook, maid and gardener. In fact, there may be more than one maid as William is said to have risen one Christmas morning 'before the maids'. Difficult to imagine the sheer size of the servant class in those days, no wonder there was full employment - one half of the population were employing the other!
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