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William's Happy Days by Richmal Crompton

William's Happy Days

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The 40 Best Audio books comment: A six-CD set featuring ten newly recorded and unabridged William stories, read by the incomparable Martin Jarvis and featuring such typical William exploits as his escape from an angry shopkeeper by pretending to be a wax dummy and his experiments in Red Indian cookery.

Read by: Martin Jarvis


Audio Length: 6 hours and 25 min.


William's Happy Days by Richmal Crompton

William 'dressed as a Red Indian, cooking an experimental mixture of treacle and lemonade in an old sardine can', William escaping from a wrathful shopkeeper by pretending to be a window dummy...William's long-suffering parents might not agree, but there is no doubt that for William these are Happy Days indeed.


While William remains eternally 11, age has not withered Jarvis
youthful delivery

. * * The Times * * Ideal listening for impatient children and buy parents. * * The Times * *

About the Author

Richmal Crompton was born at Bury in Lancashire, the second child of Reverend Edward John Sewell Lamburn, a teacher at the Bury Grammar School and his wife Clara (née Crompton). Her brother, John Battersby Crompton Lamburn, also became a writer, under the name John Lambourne, and is remembered for his fantasy novel The Kingdom That Was (1931).

Crompton attended schools in Lancashire and Derbyshire, including St Elphin’s, a boarding school for daughters of the clergy in Warrington, Lancashire, and later won a scholarship to study at the Royal Holloway College in London, receiving a BA Honours degree in Classics. She also took part in the Women's Suffrage movement at the time. She returned to St Elphin’s as the Classics mistress in 1914, and later, at age 27, moved to Bromley High School in south east London where she began her writing in earnest. Having contracted poliomyelitis, she was left without the use of her right leg in 1923. She gave up her teaching career and began to write full-time. She died in 1969 at her home in Farnborough in Kent. She was a close contemporary of Enid Blyton.

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12th March 2007


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Running Time: 360 minutes


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