This bibliography (and indeed the whole site) concentrates mainly on the hard back William books published by Newnes between 1922 and 1970, although there are references to the other books and magazines that he appeared in, for William 'purists' who have to collect or find out about everthing !. Please click on the links for information on where William started life -- in the Home Magazine and Happy Mags(1920's), Also check out the Childrens Book Club hardback books (1950's), , Merlin Paperbacks(1960's), Armada paperbacks (1960's onwards) , the Collins hardback books and the childrens annuals (1970's).
In conjunction with the TV series,with the annuals etc Armada also brought out another edition of some more paperback books featuring the star of the series Adrian Dunnatt as William on the front covers.Please also check out the Macmillan Hardbacks and Macmillan Paperbacks (1980's to present)
As a lover of disgusting culinery concoctions, William, as with most celebrities, also got in on the act, by persuading Armada to produce a cookery book in 1977 called (not surprisingly!) Just William's Cookin Book.--- and yes there IS a receipe for Liquorice Water!!!
William also appeared in 'strip' form in the Womens Own Magazine from Feb. 1947 - Nov. 1962 which were drawn by Thomas Henry and between Dec. 1962 - April 1969 drawn by Henry Ford.
William was a global success (with notable exceptions - America for example,probably couldn't understand British rural life in the 1920's).and the books were translated into many different languages.
In 1996 Grolier brought out 2 hardback books, - Just William and More William in their Outlaws Book Club series. To date I have been unable to find out how many titles were published in this series. Grolier are going out of business on 31st December.
William made 2 appearances in 2004. The Childrens Golden Library produced 'Just William' as part of a Daily Mail book promotion, and not to be outdone,The Scottish Daily Record also produced 'Just William' in a book promotion in their Children's Classics Collection.
In 2013 Macmillan produced a de-lux gift edition; a hardback book in a slipcase with a bound in red silk ribbon bookmarker and printed using high quality paper.
Richmal Crompton's adult novels and short stories were published by a variety of publishers including Macmillan, Hutchinson, and Hodder & Stoughton amonst others.
Richmal Crompton was a prolific writer, and besides the 38 William books also wrote another 50 books, mainly for adults.
Another of Richmals successes, were stories about another boy, younger than William called Jimmy. He was quite a success (probably on the back of William - but then I am predudiced!!) Newnes published two books - Jimmy and Jimmy Again.( In the later paperback reprints there is a Jimmy the Third, but there were no new stories, this one being a mixture of the first two.)
The Jimmy dust wrappers, in the William mould, were very colourful, the second edition spine of Jimmy, actually being nicer than the first edition.
Below are lists of William books, Jimmy books and her other books with dates of when they were first published.
Please Note - for pictures of the William book dust wrappers (except for The Book of the Film) please go to the main gallery. For pictures of the The Book of the Film and adult book dust wrappers please click on the (P) by the side of the book titles below.
Due to Williams growing poplarity, in 1923, Newnes decided to publish the first 3 books as special presentation editions. These were in Half Levant grained French Moroccan leather with gold gilt titles and a Thomas Henry gold illustration of William on the spine and front cover. Inside they had green marbled end papers. At 6/- each they were nearly 3 times as expensive as the ordinary editions. Today they are real 'hens teeth' items and seldom come on the market. I do have all three in my own collection.
Richmal Crompton also wrote many short stories in 'compilation' books with other authors.
There have been quite a few books written by 'William' and also serious works about Williams creator. Also various books published by Newspapers as special offers. View them all here.