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Richmal Crompton


(Richmal Crompton Lamburn)
UK flag (1890 - 1969)

RICHMAL CROMPTON Lamburn, the daughter of a schoolteacher-curate, went to a Derbyshire boarding school, to which she returned as a teacher in 1914 after having read classics at Royal Holloway College. She then moved to Kent to live near her married sister and was a much loved classics mistress at Bromley High School. She published her first short story in 1918 (using her mother's maiden name); after polio left her lame she became a writer full time. The first of the popular William books appeared in 1922. For the next 45 years she was always at work on two books simultaneously, one for children (generally a William book) and one for adults. In Richmal Crompton's lifetime thirty collections of William stories sold over eight million copies; but she once hinted that her 'Frankenstein's Monster' had ambushed recognition for her forty serious novels, of which FAMILY ROUNDABOUT (1948) is perhaps the best.

Genres: Children's Fiction
 
Series
William
   1. Just William (1922)
   2. More William (1922)
   3. William Again (1923)
   4. William The Fourth (1924)
   5. Still William (1925)
   6. William The Conqueror (1926)
   7. William The Outlaw (1927)
   8. William In Trouble (1927)
   9. William The Good (1928)
   10. William (1929)
   11. William The Bad (1930)
   12. William's Happy Days (1930)
   13. William's Crowded Hours (1931)
   14. William the Pirate (1932)
   15. William the Rebel (1933)
   16. William the Gangster (1934)
   17. William the Detective (1935)
   18. Sweet William (1936)
   19. William the Showman (1937)
   20. William The Dictator (1938)
   21. William and A.R.P. (1939)
     aka William's Bad Resolution
   22. William and The Evacuees (1940)
     aka William The Film Star
   23. William Does His Bit (1941)
   24. William Carries On (1942)
   25. William and The Brains Trust (1945)
   26. Just William's Luck (1948)
   27. William The Bold (1950)
   28. William and The Tramp (1952)
   29. William and The Moon Rocket (1954)
   30. William and The Space Animal (1956)
   31. William's Television Show (1958)
   32. William The Explorer (1960)
   33. William's Treasure Trove (1962)
   34. William and the Witch (1964)
   35. William and the Pop Singers (1965)
   36. William and the Masked Ranger (1966)
   37. William the Superman (1968)
   38. William the Lawless (1970)
   Just William, The Story Of The Film (1939)
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Jimmy
   1. Jimmy (1949)
   2. Jimmy Again (1951)
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