AUDIO BOOK
Just William
Volume 10

Author: Richmal Crompton
Read by: Martin Jarvis
BBC Audio
Abridged
RRP: 12.99
ISBN: 978 0 5635 0459 7
Available 03 September 2007


The adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. In this new collection, performed by Martin Jarvis, the heroically optimistic William and his faithful Outlaws embark on more intrepid adventures, and once again find themselves pitted against the fearsome wiles of their lisping nemesis, Violet Elizabeth Bott...

Just William: Volume 10 is another collection of stories in which Martin Jarvis brings Richmal Crompton's scruffy hero William and his gang of outlaws to life. Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades.

Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, William is a loveable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster - for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry and the angelic thorn-in-his-side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

Disc one contains five tales from the book Just William Doin' Good, while the five on disc two are taken from Violet Elizabeth's Party (from the collection William and the Witch) and William the Matchmaker (from Still William). These tales were originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007 under the overall title Just William Strikes Again.

This is a delightful collection which will appeal to the young and young at heart. It's great to see William still going strong, and it's a credit to Crompton's writing that the scruffy scamp is still as loveable today as he was when he was first conceived.

Nick Smithson

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