Richmal Crompton 1890—1969

Richmal Crompton

Richmal Crompton Lamburn was initially trained as a schoolmistress but later became a popular English writer, best known for her Just William series of books, humorous short stories, and to a lesser extent adult fiction books. Crompton’s fiction centres around family and social life, dwelling on the constraints that they place on individuals while also nurturing them. This is best seen in her depiction of children as puzzled onlookers of society’s ways. Nevertheless, the children, particularly William and his Outlaws, almost always emerge triumphant.

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Just William (1922)

Just William makes his mark in this hilarious collection of twelve classic stories. Whether it’s trying to arrange a marriage for his sister or taking more »


More William (1922)

When Aunt Lucy tells William that ‘a busy day is a happy day’, William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone more »