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Just William is the first book of children's short stories about the young schoolboy William Brown, written by Richmal Crompton, and published in 1922. The book was the first in the series of William Brown books, which was the basis for numerous television series, films and radio adaptations. Just William is also sometimes used as a title for the series of books as a whole, and is also the name of various television, film and radio adaptations of the books. The William stories first appeared in Home magazine and Happy Mag.
The book contains the following short stories:
- William Goes to the Pictures - William's aunt gives him sixpence, and he goes to the cinema. On his way home he is obsessed with acting out what he has seen, much to the annoyance of the locals.
- William the Intruder - William steals the attentions of his brother's new girlfriend.
- William Below Stairs - William runs away from home and gets a job working as a servant in an upper class house, not realising that he doesn't like work.
- The Fall of the Idol - William has a crush on his teacher Miss Drew, but eventually discovers she has "feet of clay".
- The Show - The Outlaws put on an animal show in William's room.
- A Question of Grammar - William's misunderstanding of a double negative leads him to throw a wild party in his parents' absence.
- William Joins the Band of Hope - William is forced to join the Temperance movement, but manages to turn the first meeting into a punch-up.
- The Outlaws - The first ever William story. William is forced to spend his precious half-holiday looking after a baby.
- William and White Satin - When William is forced to be a page at his cousin's wedding, he becomes a figure of ridicule. However, he soon finds an ally in an equally reluctant bridesmaid.
- William's New Year's Day - William is encouraged to make a New Year's resolution by the sweet shop owner Mr Moss.
- The Best Laid Plans - A young man misguidedly enlists William's help in wooing his sister Ethel.
- "Jumble" - The story of how William met his dog Jumble.