Wednesday, the 7th of September, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
Richmal Crompton’s William books were my mom’s favourite childhood books, and while I did read many of her childhood books when I was the child (one’s she managed to find again for me), the Williams are not among them. Richmal Crompton’s William books first appeared in 1922 (he turns 100 this year as I also mentioned in my Book Anniversaries post), and are centred around 11-year-old William Brown a school boy, his family and friends in a small English village. There are 38 books in all, all collections of short stories. Published over a 50 year period, these book also reflect the time in which they were written in terms of story themes and other elements. The books were illustrated by Thomas Henry and later Henry Ford. I started reading William only as an adult and absolutely loved them and pick one up whenever I find one. The stories incidentally were originally written for adults by Crompton, though they became popular as children’s stories.
The volume I’ve picked today, William the Outlaw, was the latest I added to my shelves sometime mid-last year. The seventh in the series, William the Outlaw was first published in 1927 and is illustrated by Thomas Henry. The edition I have is a paperback published by Macmillan Children’s Books. This has 10 stories including the titular ‘William the Outlaw’, where William and his friends decide to become ‘outlaws’ with no more school, teachers, or parents. In another story, he decides to turn the ‘clean, quiet, and very obedient’ Georgie Murdoch (just the kind of son his mother wants) into a ‘wild, muddy, noisy outlaw, just like himself’.
There’s nothing like a William story to cheer one up, for the stories and characters, and also the humour. I always enjoy reading them, and especially the illustrations which reflect period detail so well from clothes to other details. So certainly a collection I want to be picking up, as soon as I can manage.
Have you read the William books or any of Crompton’s other titles (I read my first Steffan Green last year and loved it)? Which ones and how did you like them?
Lisa’s pick this week is Victories Greater Than Death (2021) by Charlie Jane Anders, a young adult scifi title.
**Just wanted to add that I have been behind both writing posts and erratic with reading the blogs I follow because of having a little too much on my plate at the moment. Apologies to those whose posts I haven’t been able to keep up with. I will try and catch up soon.