Author(s): Roald Dahl
Taken from Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You, this selection of stories from the master of the macabre includes some of his finest moments of revenge and reversal. Here, then, are sixteen twisted tales, each with a wicked sting. There is, for example, the strange but irresistible wager offered by The Man from the South, who is not all he seems to be; the surprising cruelty of Edward the Conqueror, in which a mysterious cat threatens the domestic harmony of its adopted home; Landlady, with its sinister host whose plans for stuffing her guests have little to do with food; and the chilling culinary revenge of a wife in Lamb to the Slaughter. Tingling with stylish surprises, each story is perfectly crafted, sophisticated black humour at its very best.
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From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children's author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.