Described by `The Daily Telegraph' as 'the wizard of the talking book', Martin Jarvis has made the voices of William and his gang of Outlaws his own in these marvellous readings. Roar with laughter as the loveable rogue, hampered by the loathsome Violet Elizabeth Bott, wreaks havoc in this ever-popular series of stories. The stories on this volume are `William Goes Shopping'; `Violet Elizabeth Runs Away'; `William and the Real Laurence'; `The Outlaws and the Hidden Treasure'; `William and the Fairy Daffodil'; `The Best Laid Plans'; `Mrs Bott's Hat'; `William Starts the Holidays'; `William Plays Santa Claus'; `William and the Snowman'; `Revenge is Sweet' and `William and the Black Cat'. `There's nothing to touch them' - Independent on Sunday.
3 CDs. 2 hrs 55 mins.
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.