THE JUST WILLIAM SOCIETY

The Just William Society is a group of friendly people united in their love for the immortal rascal created by Richmal Crompton.

It is open to all William admirers young and old from all around the world.

 

Each year the Society organises a meeting to which all William fans are invited. There are books, talks, news, discussions not to mention the acting of one of the radio plays – in short everything a William fan could desire.


In these pages you will find full details of how to join us, including special free membership (and a super introductory pack) for all junior members of up to 15 years old.

 

For more information info@justwilliamsociety.co.uk

NOTICES & LATEST NEWS


WE have just received this message from Kate Massey. - "It is with great sadness that, after much discussion and review of advice available at this time, the decision has had to be made to cancel this year's meeting scheduled for Norwich in April. We all hope that the society can have our annual celebration of all things William the same time in 2022 and will see you there.

In this period of uncertainty the uptake for the meeting has been, understandably, very reduced from that of previous years and cancellations/non-attendances have been notified For those members who have sent in their monies for the day/meals this will be refunded ASAP.

Latest Magazine news - see magazine page.

Please see the Meetings page for more details.

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Below a toungue in cheek article by Simon Procter.

The Lost William Book

A lost, or ghost, book is any author’s work for which no copy is known to exist. Many books have been published on this subject matter, and for those with an interest in what they may be missing out on I can recommend highly Stuart Kelly’s The Book of Lost Books and Rick Gekoski’s Lost, Stolen or Shredded: Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature.

Books may be lost for many reasons: famous library fires, accidentally misplaced manuscripts, or an author’s last wishes that their unpublished juvenalia or salacious papers are disposed of by family or executors.

Keen William collectors will already know that there were 38 William titles published between 1922 and 1970, with Just William - The Book of the Film considered an appendix to the main series.

However, there is a substantial hint of a lost 39th title from no less a source than the great Just William illustrator himself, Thomas Henry.

In the Newnes’ Holiday Annual 1926 a Thomas Henry cartoon shows an advertisement for William the Immortal available at 2/6; which would have been the standard price for William hardback books at that time.

So far I have been unable to locate a copy of this book but the hunt continues. As the annual was published in the summer of 1926 it would be conjecture where the missing title would fall in sequence among Still William [1925], William - The Conqueror [1926] and William - The Outlaw [1927]. As all short stories from the Happy Mag are accounted for it is again hypothesis as to where more short stories would have been originally published. As Newnes had a fondness for cheery synonyms for their monthly humour magazines (Happy Mag, Sunny Mag, Jolly Mag) I am searching the British Library for similarly named series. If anyone has come across anything along the lines of Gleeful Mag or Slightly Bemused Weekly I would be delighted to hear….add Delightedly Mag to that list.

I can confirm that this title has been subsequently used, at much later date, by another party known to members of our society. However, should any member be aware of or locate a copy of the original lost William book I would be cheered to be contacted.

Response by David Schutte.

Dear all,
The elderly gentleman in the picture looks suspiciously like my great grandfather. He was known for seeing into the future, and I wonder if he was
complaining about the use of a title that he had foreseen his great grandson using in 1990, to be published on his 140th birthday... And in the picture he is
exactly the same age as I am now...
David

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