Richmal Crompton

Just William: A Second BBC Radio Collection
  • Just William: A Second BBC Radio Collection

  • A second wonderful collection of Just William stories, selected and read by Martin Jarvis

    Richmal Crompton's stories featuring irrepressible schoolboy William Brown have been firm favourites with both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster - for his harassed elders at least.

    With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry (the Outlaws) and the angelic thorn-in-his-side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

    Musical Theme: Won't You Be My Ginger? composed and performed by Richard Dworsky (piano) (c) 1995 Inner Vista Music (BMI)

    The stories in this collection include:

    That Boy
    The Bishop's Handkerchief
    William and Uncle George
    The Haunted House
    William and St Valentine
    April Fool's Day
    Not Much
    The Cure
    William's Wonderful Plan
    The Outlaws and the Penknife
    William the Reformer
    William's New Year's Day
    Aunt Florence and the Green Woodpecker
    The Plan that Failed
    William and the Begging Letter
    A Question of Exchange
    William and the Temporary History Teacher
    The Outlaws and the Tramp
    A Few Dogs and William
    The Outlaws and the Missionary
    William the Good
    William and the Young Man
    William and the Spy
    William and the Badminton Racket
    William Turns Over a New Leaf
    William and Dear Little Peter
    William and the Waxwork Prince
    William and the White Cat
    William and Photography
    The Great Detective
    The Fete - and Fortune
    The Weak Spot
    The Outlaws Go a-Mumming
    William's Double Life
    William to the Rescue
    William the Film Star
    William the Rat Lover
    William the Showman
    William And the Monster
    William The Persian
    The New Game
    William and the Love Nest
    The Cat And The Mouse
    Waste Paper Wanted
    William The Globe Trotter
    William And The Prize Pig
    A Present From William
    A Night Of Mysteries
    William and the Chinese God
    William and the League of Perfect Love
    Fireworks Strictly Prohibited
    William the Psychiatrist
    William Joins the Waits
    Violet Elizabeth Takes Control
    William - The Dear Little Boysie
    William's Brilliant Plan
    The Outlaws and Aunt Jo
    Violet Elizabeth's Special Party

Richmal Crompton was born in Bury, Lancashire, in 1890. She was educated at St. Elphin's School and studied Classics at Royal Holloway College before becoming a schoolmistress. However, her teaching career was cut short by an attack of polio in 1923, which confined her to a wheelchair. She became a full-time author, and wrote over 40 books for adults, but she is best known for her hugely popular Just William books. William first appeared in 1919 in a short story for Home Magazine. The first collection featuring him was published in 1922, and he went on to star in 38 further books (the final one, William the Lawless, was published posthumously in 1970). They have sold over 12 million copies in the UK alone, been translated into nine languages and remain enduringly popular today.

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