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.

Every member receives two magazines a year plus the reprint of one of the Just William radio plays that were so popular just after the war.

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


The special binders have arrived! However they only hold 10 magazines instead of the 12 we ordered. The company has apologised and we are in the process of sending the binders back so they can insert the extra bindings. So if you have sent cheques, please be patient and we will send your binders off as soon as they are returned to us. Sorry for the (hopefully) slight delay. Many thanks for your patience.

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We will be holding our 2016 meeting in Blackheath in south-east London on Saturday 30 April. See the meeting page for full details.



It is with sadness that we have to report the death of our Co-Chairman Mary Cadogan.

Mary died aged 86, She was a prolific writer on all aspects of children’s literature and a respected authority on the subject.

She attended the 2nd ever meeting of what was to become the Just William Society and had been a regular attender and contributer ever since.

She first came to prominence with the publication of You’re a Brick, Angela (1976, co-written with Patricia Craig) when in her mid-forties.

The daughter of a police officer, she was born Mary Summersby on May 30 1928 and brought up at Bromley in Kent, where she would live all her life. A voracious reader from an early age, she regularly borrowed her older brother’s boys’ weeklies The Magnet and Gem. After school, she worked for the BBC.

For a time Mary Cadogan worked as secretary for the welfare committee of the Infantile Paralysis Fellowship (she had considered social work as a career). She was a particular admirer of Richmal Crompton, creator of the Just William series, who had suffered from polio and was a staunch supporter of the charity. One of Mary’s undying regrets was that she found herself too shy to question Crompton about her creation when she visited the office.

Her first substantial work as a sole author was Richmal Crompton: The Woman Behind William, published in 1986. It is an affectionate reflection on a woman who overcame illness and physical disability to become one of the most loved authors of her time and beyond, and was supplemented by The William Companion (1990, with David Schutte) and Just William Through the Ages (1994).

She received an honorary DLitt from the University of Lancaster for her “outstanding contribution to the field of British Children’s Literature” and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children’s Books History Society

She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Alex and their daughter Theresa to whom we send our sincere condolences.

Mary Cadogan, born May 30th 1928, died September 27th 2014


See the meeting page for fresh details about next years meeting.


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