Just William's Luck

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This page is about the novel. For the film see Just William's Luck (film).

Just William's Luck
First edition
Author Richmal Crompton
Illustrator Thomas Henry
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher George Newnes
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) & Audio book
Followed by William the Bold

Just William's Luck (1948) was a novel in the Just William series by Richmal Crompton. It was the only novel in the series, the rest being books of short stories. The story revolves around the attempts of William and his friends to get their elder brothers married, such that they might become the recipients of possessions replaced by wedding presents. After a series of unlikely adventures, the boys serendipitously foil a gang of fur-coat smugglers, and receive a reward from the police.

After the release of a film feature film of the same name, loosely based on the books, Crompton was so impressed with the film that she chose to turn it into a novel.[1]


  1. ^ Collins & Ridgman p.107-108


  • Collins, Fiona & Ridgman, Jeremy. Turning the Page: Children's Literature in Performance and the Media. Peter Lang, 2006.