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The Bunter books (1947-1965)


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Charles Skilton originally had the idea for publishing the books after seeing an article about Frank Richards in the Picture Post of 11th May 1946 entitled Do You Remember Billy Bunter? You can read the original article here.

Frank Richards originally requested a flat fee of so much per 1,00 words, but Skilton persuaded him to write them on a royalty basis. The first volume sold 25,000 copies almost immediately (the maximum allowed at the time due to paper rationing) and earned Frank Richards over £1,000. Cassell took over publication in 1952 with volume 11. The first 16 volumes were illustrated by R J Macdonald, but following his death C H Chapman took over with volume 17. The first volume cost 5/-, volumes 2-18 cost 7/6, 19-25 cost 8/6, 26-30 cost 9/6, 31-33 cost 10/6 and 34-38 cost 11/6

Volumes 34-38 were published after Charles Hamilton's death. Allegedly, volume 34 was completed and the following 4 volumes written by an unknown author, though this is disputed by Charles Hamilton's niece. An alternative explanation for the falling off in quality may simply be that Hamilton was old and frail, and his memory and eyesight not as good as they once were, Hamilton's niece asserts that the books were written by Hamilton, with a friend George Foster proofing the books for errors.

+ Volumes 1, 6, 8, 15, 16, and 25 were reprinted in September 1982 by the Quiller Press; edited by Kay King (which meant updating the slang) and with illustrations by Victor Ambrus, priced at £4.95 each. They were not successful.

* A number were also reprinted in facsimile format (including hard covers) by Hawk Books in the 1990s.

 # Some were reprinted by Armada books in paperback format (although the series also reprinted individual Magnet stories in paperback novel format).

 

No.

Title

 

Author

Published

 

1

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School

* + #

Frank Richards

September 1947

2

Billy Bunterís Banknote

*

Frank Richards

October 1948

3

Billy Bunterís Barring-Out

*

Frank Richards

October 1948

4

Billy Bunter in Brazil

* #

Frank Richards

March 1949

Bessie Bunter of Cliff House School

*

Hilda Richards

1949

5

Billy Bunterís Christmas Party

*

Frank Richards

October 1949

6

Billy Bunterís Benefit

* + #

Frank Richards

March 1950

7

Billy Bunter Among the Cannibals

*

Frank Richards

September 1950

8

Billy Bunterís Postal Order

* + #

Frank Richards

May 1951

9

Billy Bunter Butts In

*

Frank Richards

December 1951

10

Billy Bunter and the Blue Mauritius

*

Frank Richards

March 1952

11

Billy Bunterís Beanfeast

*

Frank Richards

November 1952

12

Billy Bunterís Brainwave

 

Frank Richards

July 1953

13

Billy Bunterís First Case

*

Frank Richards

October 1953

14

Billy Bunter the Bold

#

Frank Richards

March 1954

15

Bunter Does His Best

* +

Frank Richards

September 1954

16

Billy Bunterís Double

* +

Frank Richards

March 1955

17

Backing Up Billy Bunter

 

Frank Richards

September 1955

18

Lord Billy Bunter

 

Frank Richards

April 1956

19

The Banishing of Billy Bunter

 

Frank Richards

September 1956

20

Billy Bunterís Bolt

*

Frank Richards

March 1957

21

Billy Bunter Afloat

*

Frank Richards

August 1957

22

Billy Bunterís Bargain

*

Frank Richards

March 1958

23

Billy Bunter the Hiker

*

Frank Richards

August 1958

24

Bunter Out of Bounds

 

Frank Richards

March 1959

25

Bunter Comes For Christmas

* +

Frank Richards

September 1959

26

Bunter the Bad Lad

*

Frank Richards

March 1960

27

Bunter Keeps It Dark

 

Frank Richards

August 1960

28

Billy Bunterís Treasure Hunt

 

Frank Richards

March 1961

29

Billy Bunter at Butlins (with 2 different covers)

 

Frank Richards

June 1961

30

Bunter the Ventriloquist

*

Frank Richards

October 1961

31

Bunter the Caravanner

*

Frank Richards

March 1962

32

Billy Bunterís Bodyguard

*

Frank Richards

September 1962

33

Big Chief Bunter

 

Frank Richards

March 1963

34

Just Like Bunter

 

Frank Richards

September 1963

35

Bunter the Stowaway

 

Frank Richards

March 1964

36

Thanks to Bunter

 

Frank Richards

September 1964

37

Bunter the Sportsman

 

Frank Richards

April 1965

38

Bunterís Last Fling *

 

Frank Richards

September 1965

* Originally entitled Bunter to the Rescue, it was renamed as a consequence of being the last of the sequence

Miscellaneous

The Autobiography of Frank Richards

Frank Richards

1952

The Autobiography of Frank Richards [Memorial Edition]

Frank Richards

1962

Greyfriars School - a Prospectus

J.S. Butcher

1965


"Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School" volume 1 © Frank Richards 1947 "Billy Bunter's Banknote" volume 2 © Frank Richards 1948 "Billy Bunter's Barring-Out" volume 3 © Frank Richards 1948 "Billy Bunter in Brazil" volume 4 © Frank Richards 1949 "Bessie Bunter of Cliff House School" © Hilda Richards 1949 "Billy Bunter's Christmas Party" volume 5 © Frank Richards 1949 "Billy Bunter's Benefit" volume 6 © Frank Richards 1950 "Billy Bunter Among the Cannibals" volume 7 © Frank Richards 1950 "Billy Bunter's Postal Order" volume 8 © Frank Richards 1951 "Billy Bunter Butts In" volume 9 © Frank Richards 1951 "Billy Bunter and the Blue Mauritius" volume 10 © Frank Richards 1952 "Billy Bunter's Beanfeast" volume 11 © Frank Richards 1952 "Billy Bunter's Brain-Wave" volume 12 © Frank Richards 1953 "Billy Bunter's First Case" volume 13 © Frank Richards 1953 "Billy Bunter the Bold" volume 14 © Frank Richards 1954 "Bunter Does His Best" volume 15 © Frank Richards 1954 "Billy Bunter's Double" volume 16 © Frank Richards 1955 "Backing Up Billy Bunter" volume 17 © Frank Richards 1955 "Lord Billy Bunter" volume 18 © Frank Richards 1956 "The Banishing of Billy Bunter" volume 19 © Frank Richards 1956 "Billy Bunter's Bolt" volume 20 © Frank Richards 1957 "Billy Bunter Afloat" volume 21 © Frank Richards 1957 "Billy Bunter's Bargain" volume 22 © Frank Richards 1958 "Billy Bunter the Hiker" volume 23 © Frank Richards 1958 "Bunter Out of Bounds" volume 24 © Frank Richards 1959 "Bunter Comes for Christmas" volume 25 © Frank Richards 1959 "Bunter the Bad Lad" volume 26 © Frank Richards 1960 "Bunter Keeps It Dark" volume 27 © Frank Richards 1960 "Billy Bunter's Treasure Hunt" volume 28 © Frank Richards 1961 "Billy Bunter at Butlins" with standard cover, volume 29 © Frank Richards 1961 "Billy Bunter at Butlins" with Beaver Club cover, volume 29 © Frank Richards 1961 "Bunter the Ventriloquist" volume 30 © Frank Richards 1961 "Bunter the Caravanner" volume 31 © Frank Richards 1962 "Billy Bunter's Bodyguard" volume 32 © Frank Richards 1962 "Big Chief Bunter" volume 33 © Frank Richards 1963 "Just Like Bunter" volume 34 © Frank Richards 1963 "Bunter the Stowaway" volume 35 © Frank Richards 1964 "Thanks to Bunter" volume 36 © Frank Richards 1964 "Bunter the Sportsman" volume 37 © Frank Richards 1965 "Bunter's Last Fling" volume 38 © Frank Richards 1965 "The Sutobiography of Frank Richards" Memorial Edition © the Estate of Frank Richards 1962 "Greyfriars School - A Prospectus" © J. S. Butcher 1965

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