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Book-ish: Roald Dahl

Some of the author's much loved classics get a makeover for a new generation

Published on October 4th 2011.

Book-ish: Roald Dahl

AN author best known for his enthusiastically imaginative tales for children, Roald Dahl is surprisingly also a commended writer of stories for adults as well. Dahl’s literature is famous for being at times dark, even within his collection of stories for children, so it is no revelation that his adult works are even more sinister and shocking. For the first fifteen years of Dahl’s life, he focused on writing specifically for adults, winning the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of  America, an impressive three times. Dahl’s alarming prose has been about for many years, however, this month, coinciding with the annual ‘Dahl Day’ on the 13th September, Penguin Publishing group decided to re-jacket and in three stages release the new editions of Dahl’s adult collection to the public to be appreciated by a new generation. The highly collectable contemporary designs are £8.99 each and a great opportunity to remind readers that there is much more to Dahl.

Kiss Kiss

The first of the new retro books include, Kiss Kiss, featuring eleven disturbing short stories, which explore the sinister side of human nature, one being the story of Mary in ‘William and Mary’. The tale describes a wronged woman and her ultimate revenge on the recently deceased husband. Dahl depicts her desire for revenge against her controlling husband by flaunting previously forbidden indulgences, which consequently leaves the reader feeling uneasy.

Over To You

Over to You draws on Dahl’s own experiences during the war in the RAF. The ten thrilling short stories tell the tales of air battles, communicating to the reader the reality of a pilot’s daily existence during war and death as a companion. ‘Beware of the Dog’ tells the story of Peter Williamson, a pilot injured after a ‘dogfight’. Waking up in a hospital which he is told is in Brighton, strange happenings occur until seeing the sign ‘Beware of the Dog’ in French and the realisation that he is in a prisoner of war camp.

The compiled stories within Someone Like You, depict strange and unexpected events that are extremely exhilarating, sending a shiver down the spine. ‘Galloping Foxley’ is considered one of Dahl’s more unusual short stories from his collections, telling the story of a man called Perkins, a man obsessed by routine.

Someone Like You

Finally, Dahl’s My Uncle Oswold will be the last in the first stage of Dahl’s collection, introducing the reader to Dahl’s most shocking character, using memoirs to describe Oswold’s early career and erotic education.

More of the Roald Dahl’s collection will be published on the 27th of October and the 2nd of February 2012. Two of the tales ‘Royal Jelly’ (Kiss Kiss) and ‘Man from South’ (Someone Like You) are available to purchase as an eBook.



1st September 2011
Someone Like You
Kiss Kiss
Over To You
My Uncle Oswald

27th October 2011
Switch Bitch
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

2nd February 2012
New Untitled
Going Solo
The Complete Roald Dahl Short Stories Volume 1
The Complete Roald Dahl Short Stories Volume 2
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories









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