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: Richmal Crompton Lamburn (1890-1969) was a British writer, most famous for her Just William humorous short stories and books. Her best known books are the William stories, about a mischievous 11-year-old schoolboy and his band of friends. In 1922 came the first collection, titled Just William. She wrote 38 other William books throughout her life. The last, William the Lawless was published posthumously in 1970. She wrote 41 novels for adults and published nine collections of short-stories. Their focus was generally Edwardian middle-class life. Amongst her other works are More William (1922), The Innermost Room (1923), The Hidden Light (1924), David Wilding (1926), Leadon Hill (1927), Ladies First (1929) and Blue Flames (1930).