Just William's Greatest Hits

Read by: Martin Jarvis
BBC Audio
RRP: 17.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 846 071898
ISBN-10: 1 846 071895
Available 04 September 2006

Seventeen favourite stories about the irrepressible William Brown, specially selected and read by Martin Jarvis. Whether a long standing fan or a first time listener, this collection of stories is the ultimate Just William audio experience. With over four hours of laugh-out-loud stories, including two stories performed to a live audience...

Just William's Greatest Hits collects together 17 of Richmal Crompton's original Just William stories across four CDs. Martin Jarvis is the voice of Just William and I can't imagine these tales being read by anyone else. These tales are read with such passion that it's impossible to not fall in love with the characters.

Even those who think that this is too old fashioned to appeal to them will be swept up in Jarvis's gripping delivery. And if that doesn't hook you, then maybe the old school boy humour element might creep in as you giggle at unintentionally funny lines like: "He whipped his one and six penny pistol out of his pocket"; and the fact that cousin Percy is so fond of boys.

Along with the live stories are Martin Jarvis's personal reflections of recording Just William, giving the listener a true 'behind the scenes' insight into how he brings those marvellous characters to life. This is the perfect gift for the Just William fan, whether young or old.

The fact that the BBC are offering this collection for the bargain price of £18 should be all the reason you need to snap this up. There should be a law passed that decrees that all young children must listen to one Just William tale a night before going to bed.

Nick Smithson

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