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The anarchic hero of many daring adventures, William, as depicted on our cover by Thomas Henry in one of his effective, humorous pen and ink illustrations, is now a period piece. A William de nos jours illustrated by Tony Ross and aimed at a younger audience stands alongside him. This new William will be featured in adaptations of the stories by Martin Jarvis. Richmal Crompton, author of the William books, is the subject of this issue's Authorgraph. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.
Anthony may be a wuss but when he finds his girlfriend horizontal with Turner he decides to seek revenge by taking a job at O'Dermott's burger restaurant where Turner is a star employee. Why this is the best way to take revenge is unclear but at least allows for some fun with fast-food practices and the feud with Burger Queen. This is a book that tries hard to be liked and it is quite funny in parts, such as the baseball game on the flooded park and the anarchic Shunt, a cook at O'Dermott's who lives in bush. Pretty much the book equivalent of fast food.