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Just William: A BBC Radio Collection

Classic Readings from the BBC Archive
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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A stunning collection of Just William stories, selected and read by Martin Jarvis.

Richmal Crompton’s stories featuring irrepressible schoolboy William Brown have been firm favourites with both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster – for his harassed elders at least.

With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry (the Outlaws) and the angelic thorn-in-his-side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

Martin Jarvis, who has been hailed as ‘the wizard of the talking book’ by The Daily Telegraph, has made the voice of William his own, and this collection of 54 laugh-out-loud stories will delight long-standing fans and first-time listeners alike.

Also included are two bonus interviews with Richmal Crompton, recorded in 1965 and 1968.

The stories included in this collection are:

'The Christmas Truce'
'Only Just in Time'
'The Midnight Adventure of Miss Montague'
'William and the Musician'
'William Leads a Better Life'
'William and the Twins'
'William’s Birthday'
'William and the Little Girl'
'The Outlaws and Cousin Percy'
'William and the Princess Goldilocks'
'The Sweet Little Girl in White'
'A Birthday Treat'
'The Outlaws and the Triplets'
'A Bit of Blackmail'
'William Makes a Night of It'
'William and the Lost Tourist'
'The Leopard Hunter'
'The New Neighbour'
'William the Philanthropist'
'William and the Prize Cat'
'William Holds the Stage'
'William and the School Report'
'All the News'
'Aunt Arabelle in Charge'
'William’s Goodbye Present'
'William the Salvage Collector'
'William’s Day Off'
'Entertainment Provided'
'William and the Brains Trust'
'William and the Bomb'
'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'
'William and the Black Cat'
'William and the Russian Prince'
'William’s Busy Day'
'William – The Great Actor'
'William and the White Elephants'
'Finding a School for William'
'William’s Birthday'
'William Clears the Slums'
'Parrots for Ethel'
'William’s Truthful Christmas'
'Boys will be Boys'
'William and the Ebony Hair-Brush'
'William and the Old Man in the Fog '

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Missing Tracks

Doubles up on some tracks, and is missing the following:

Revenge is Sweet
William and the Brains Trust
William and the Old Man in the Fog
William Clears the Slums
William Makes a Night of It
William's Busy Day

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  • 06-08-2018

Excellent!

Listening to Martin Jarvis narrate made me remember how much I loved William Brown and his exploits! I t was a joy to listen to.

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  • Sameer
  • 06-04-2018

Nice!

Reminded me of my childhood reads! Brilliant performance and the interview with the author is a bonus!

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  • Dr. Carole Cushing
  • 20-01-2018

Floreat William Brown!

This is a superb reading of 'William' in old BBC Home Service style (there can be no higher praise) . I have listened to the stories as I did other things and it has been such a creative, imaginative experience, reviving many memories from decades back before looking dominated listening. Dear William! I am now as old as one of those daffy aunts! He never dates!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2018

classic bbc radio.

Martin Jarvis is brilliant at these readings. His voices of the different characters is so funny especially of Violet Elizabeth Bott. Each story is about 15 minutes long so perfect for a quick listen. They are laugh out loud funny.

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  • CFT
  • 30-01-2018

Classic

Everyone should listen to this, Just William combines good-natured childhood antics with a wry wit. The stories are a perfect length for a commute and it’s hard not to smile as William Brown goes through triumph and disaster, while causing chaos all the way.

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  • Claire
  • 13-02-2018

Just William 1-5

I love listening to William the stories are full of fun. It is the original recordings for bbc volumes 1 to 5. It even has Williams birthday in there twice just like the tapes :) happy childhood memories

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  • Ms A H Soole
  • 19-10-2019

Brilliant🙀

This book is amazing great narration hilarious stories i loved this and is 100% worth buying.

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  • k j williams
  • 08-09-2019

Purfection

Funniest audiobook you will listen to this year, it's brilliant!!!! It is so addictive, which is a good thing!!!!!!!!

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  • B Ellis
  • 01-08-2019

A trip down memory lane

I used to read these stories to my children and have had a lovely time listening to them again. Obviously the stories are dated with regards to modern children but still hold the fun and entertainment they always had.

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  • Jan
  • 19-07-2019

Addictive

my sons learnt theses stories off by heart a la Martin Jarvis before they could read. Just Brilliant

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  • 匿名
  • 20-05-2019

A GREAT LISTEN

Very amusing situations throughout with top class narration..Brilliant production.I would highly recommend this audio book.

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  • wpm
  • 07-05-2019

Irresistible

Martin Jarvis’s narration is perfection. Naturally, he is wonderful as William, and his voice/persona for Violet Elizabeth - who I wasn’t keen on when reading the books as a child, for some reason - is excellent. The stories are as clever, silly and funny as I remembered, and work brilliantly in the audio format. I laughed aloud many times. Highly recommended.