WILLIAM - online children's book

More adventures of the famous 11 year old and the "outlaws"

By Richmal Crompton, Illustrated By Thomas Henry
Published By George Newnes Limited, London, Circa 1929

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Crompton's best known books are the William stories, about a mischievous 11-year-old schoolboy and his band of friends, known as the Outlaws. Her first short story featuring William to be published was "Rice Mould", published in Home Magazine in 1919: although she had written "The Outlaws" in 1917—it wasn't published until later. In 1922 came the first collection, titled Just William. She wrote 38 other William books throughout her life. The last, William the Lawless was published posthumously in 1970. The William books sold over twelve million copies in the UK alone, and were also adapted for films, stage-plays, BBC radio and television series. Illustrations by Thomas Henry contributed to their success.