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Frank Richards


(Charles Harold St. John Hamilton)
UK flag (1876 - 1961)

Charles Harold St. John Hamilton (August 8, 1876 - December 24, 1961), also known as Frank Richards, was an English children's-book author.

Born in Ealing, he is listed in Guinness World Records as the most prolific author of all time with a lifetime output calculated at 72-75 million words.

Much of his work was published in the weekly boys' papers of the time, and at times he was writing at least six stories each week, using over twenty different pen-names.

His most famous creation is Billy Bunter, who featured in stories set in Greyfriars School. The Billy Bunter stories were serialised in The Magnet from 1908 until the paper shortage during World War II ended its publication in 1940. After World War II Hamilton wrote a number of Bunter books, which were published by Charles Skilton and Cassells. He also wrote the scripts for the BBC's Billy Bunter television series starring Gerald Campion, which ran from 1951 to 1961.

In the 1970s Howard Baker began to publish facsimiles of every issue of The Magnet; he fell just short of completing the series at the time of his death in 1991.
 
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Fanfare series
Cardew's Catch (1960)
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Magnet Facsims
Billy Bunter in the Land of the Pyramids (1969)
Billy Bunter and the Courtfield Cracksman (1970)
Billy Bunter and the Terror of the Form (1970)
Billy Bunter of Bunter Court (1970)
Greyfriars Pretender (1971)
Schemer of the Remove (1972)
Bunter and the Greyfriars Mutiny (1972)
Six Boys in a Boat (1972)
Greyfriars Adventurers (1972)
My Lord Bunter (1972)
Calling Mr. Quelch (1973)
The Black Sheep of Greyfriars (1973)
Greyfriars Hikers (1973)
Alonzo the Great (1973)
The Tyrant of Greyfriars (1973)
Billy Bunter's Christmas (1973)
Joker of Greyfriars (1974)
Kidnapped Schoolboys and the Terror of the Tong (1974)
Billy Bunter in China (1974)
A Bargain for Bunter (1974)
Billy Bunter's Circus (1974)
Mystery of the Moat House (1974)
The Burglar of Greyfriars (1975)
Billy Bunter's Hat Trick and Other Stories (1975)
The Greyfriars Cowboys (1975)
Sleuth of Greyfriars (1975)
Bunter's Seaside Caper (1975)
Sit-in Strike at Greyfriars (1975)
Bob Cherry's Big Bargain (1975)
Billy Bunter's Lucky Day (1975)
Bunter Tells the Truth (1975)
The Ghost of Polpelly (1975)
Billy Bunter's Coronation Party (1976)
Billy Bunter's Hair Raid (1976)
The Greyfriars Secret Society (1976)
The Dictator of Greyfriars (1976)
Gunmen at Greyfriars (1976)
Sheik of Greyfriars (1976)
Popper Island Rebels (1976)
Bunter's Christmas Party (1976)
Schoolboy Smuggler (1976)
Treasure Hunters (1976)
Mystery Man of Greyfriars (1977)
Billy Bunter's Easter Trip (1977)
The Bounder's Rebellion (1977)
Bunter the Hypnotist! (1977)
New Boys at Greyfriars (1977)
Vernon Smith's Rival (1977)
Bunter the Lion Tamer (1977)
Bunter's Funny Turn (1977)
Cock of the Walk (1977)
Expelled from Greyfriars (1977)
Bunter's Christmas Carol (1977)
Bunter's Rich Relation (1978)
Bounder of Greyfriars (1978)
Greyfriars Impersonator (1978)
Schoolboy Tourists (1978)
Big Bang at Greyfriars (1978)
Bunter's Orders (1978)
Billionairing with Bunter (1978)
Greyfriars on Safari (1978)
Ructions at Greyfriars (1978)
Billy Bunter Gets the Boot (1978)
Rogue of the Remove (1979)
Billy Bunter's Own (1979)
Bully of Greyfriars (1979)
Greyfriars' Second Eleven (1979)
Billy Bunter's Tramp (1979)
Shylock of Greyfriars (1979)
Under Bunter's Thumb (1980)
Billy Bunter's Prize (1980)
The Greyfriars Bounder (1980)
Billy Bunter's Rebellion (1980)
Billy Bunter's Blunder (1980)
Persecution of Billy Bunter (1981)
The Odd Fellows of Greyfriars (1981)
For Ever Bunter (1981)
Greyfriars Mysteries (1981)
Billy Bunter: Expelled! (1982)
The Greyfriars Rivals (1982)
Greyfriars Actors (1982)
Bunter's Postal Order Mystery (1982)
Bowling Out Bunter (1983)
Bunter's Poor Relations (1983)
Iron Hand at Greyfriars (1983)
Billy Bunter's Wembley Party (1983)
Wally Bunter at Greyfriars (1984)
The Greyfriars Cup (1984)
Napoleon of Greyfriars (1984)
Bunter the Punter (1984)
Bunter's Barring-out (1985)
Spoofing the School (1985)
Detective Bunter (1985)
Mr. Bunter - Form Master (1985)
Sports of the School (1985)
Bunter's Lawsuit (1985)
Vernon Smith at Large (1986)
Society for Reforming Billy Bunter (1986)
Billy Bunter: Film Star (1986)
Goodbye Greyfriars (1986)
Bunter's Banknotes (1988)
Gathering of the Schools (1988)
Hurree Singh's Peril (1988)
Lord Mauleverer's Bewitchment (1988)
Great Greyfriars Rebellion (1988)
At War with Greyfriars (1988)
Trial of Cecil Snaith (1989)
Bunter the Masher (1989)
Fish's Fag Agency (1989)
Bob Cherry's Secret (1989)
Friars Versus Saints (1989)
Peter Todd's Chance (1989)
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