Description : Parson's Pleasure is a wonderful gem of a short story from Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail. In Parson's Pleasure, Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors, tells a sinister story about the darker side of human nature. Here, a priceless piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain . . . Parson's Pleasure is taken from the short story collection Kiss Kiss, which includes ten other devious and shocking stories, featuring the wife who pawns the mink coat from her lover with unexpected results; the young man in need of room who meets a most accommodating landlady; a wronged wife taking revenge on her dead husband, and others. 'Unnerving bedtime stories, subtle, proficient, hair-raising and done to a turn.' (San Francisco Chronicle ) This story is also available as a Penguin digital audio download read by Derek Jacobi. Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.
Description : The Complete Short Stories of Roald Dahl in the second of two unsettling and sinister volumes. 'Dahl finds the child in the adult and the adult in the child and, with a little smile, he sticks the knife in both' Anthony Horowitz, from his introduction Roald Dahl is one of the world's most popular writers, equally at home writing for both children and adults. In this, the second of two volumes chronologically collecting all his published adult short stories, we experience Dahl's dark and powerful imagination in full flight in 28 stories written between 1954 and 1988 (including eight tales which are not available in any other printed edition). Here, in 'Parson's Pleasure', a piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain; in 'William and Mary', a wife revenges herself on her dead husband; and in 'Royal Jelly' some new parents find an unusual and unsettling way to give their newborn its start in life. Whether you're young or old, once you've stepped into the brilliant, troubling world of Roald Dahl, you'll never be the same again. 'One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation' The Times 'The absolute master of the twist in the tale' Observer Look out for Volume One, introduced by Charlie Higson. Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.
Description : Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise: the short story is capable of almost anything. This collection of 100 of the finest stories ever written ranges from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal. Wide in scope, both beautiful and vast, this is the perfect companion for any fiction lover. Here are childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty-first century wits and national treasures, Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates. Featuring an all-star cast of authors, including Kate Atkinson, Julian Barnes, Angela Carter, Anton Chekhov, Richmal Crompton, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Penelope Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, V.S. Pritchett, Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark and Colm Tóibín, THAT GLIMPSE OF TRUTH is the biggest, most handsome collection of short fiction in print today.
Description : This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Books by Roald Dahl, Children's Books by Roald Dahl, Novels by Roald Dahl, Poetry by Roald Dahl, Screenplays by Roald Dahl, Short Stories by Roald Dahl, Short Story Collections by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka
Description : Inside these covers you will meet the man prepared to wager his daughter's hand in marriage over the breed and vintage of a bottle of wine; the traveller who throws himself overboard on a cruise liner just to win a bet; the innocuous-seeming landlady whose guests stay for longer than they intended; and Edward who takes on a deeply mysterious cat.
Description : Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (works not included). Pages: 59. Chapters: Books by Roald Dahl, Children's books by Roald Dahl, Novels by Roald Dahl, Poetry by Roald Dahl, Screenplays by Roald Dahl, Short stories by Roald Dahl, Short story collections by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, You Only Live Twice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, James and the Giant Peach, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Matilda, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Gremlins, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches, Danny, the Champion of the World, The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Boy, Pig, Fantastic Mr Fox, Way Out, Roald Dahl short stories bibliography, Roald Dahl: Collected Stories, Man from the South, Bitch, Revolting Rhymes, George's Marvellous Medicine, My Uncle Oswald, Dirty Beasts, Edward the Conqueror, Lamb to the Slaughter, Esio Trot, The Way Up to Heaven, Neck, The Last Act, The Minpins, The Landlady, Kiss Kiss, William and Mary, The Night Digger, Vengeance is Mine Inc., Parson's Pleasure, Dip in the Pool, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Georgy Porgy, Tales of the Unexpected, The Hitch-Hiker, The Enormous Crocodile, Galloping Foxley, Someone Like You, Taste, The Magic Finger, The Vicar of Nibbleswicke, Beware of the Dog, Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, Skin, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl, Poison, Nunc Dimittis, The Collected Short Stories of Dahl, Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen, Rhyme Stew, Genesis and Catastrophe: A True Story, Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety, The Great Switcheroo, The Mildenhall Treasure, Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying, The Roald Dahl Omnibus, Switch Bitch, Memories with Food at Gipsy House, My Year, Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl, Two Fables, The Roald Dahl Treasury, The Best of Roald Dahl, More Tales of the Unexpected, ..
Description : 'Penguin Student Editions' are complete unabridged texts of Penguin Classics, Modern Classics and some more recent titles, packaged with reading help for the student in the form of accessible yet authoritative introductions, glossary of cultural references and unfamiliar words, stimulating activities and discussion points, including activities needed to prepare for essays and examinations, chapter-by-chapter summaries, plot and character outlines, chronology of the historical events of the time, overview of the ways famous critics have read the books. A student-friendly approach to literature - the way students want to read. Contains - The Umbrella Man; Dip in the Pool; The Butler; The Hitchhiker; Mr Botibol; My Lady Love, My Dove; The Way Up to Heaven; Parson's Pleasure; The Sound Machine; The Wish.
Description : A New York Times Notable Book: A revealing look at the famous twentieth-century children’s author who brought us The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Few writers have had the enduring cultural influence of Roald Dahl, who inspired generations of loyal readers. Acclaimed biographer Jeremy Treglown cuts no corners in humanizing this longstanding immortal of juvenile fiction. Roald Dahl explores this master of children’s literature from childhood—focusing a tight lens on the relationship between Dahl and his mother, who lovingly referred to him as “Apple”—through to his death. Treglown deftly navigates Dahl’s time as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, exploring how the experience transformed many of the beliefs that influenced the English writer’s work, including The Gremlins, which was commissioned by Walt Disney. A former editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Treglown discusses many of Dahl’s most famous works, such as James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, while also delving into his marriage to actress Patricia Neal, combing through letters and archives to show a man who could be both comic and vitriolic, thoughtful yet manipulative and irascible. Treglown highlights many of Dahl’s literary achievements as well as his breakdowns and shortcomings, presenting a very personal and telling picture of the author and the inner turmoil that crippled him. Separating the man from the myth, Treglown’s frank, intimate portrait of Dahl illuminates the contradictions within the mind of this beloved author, a man who could be both a monster and a hero. It is required reading for book lovers and film buffs alike.
Description : This long-running reference series indexes interpretations written in major Western European languages since 1900 of short stories published since 1800. The original series -- Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication, Third Edition, edited by Warren S. Walker -- is indexed and available in seven volumes and covers 16,691 stories by 2,304 authors. The New Series, edited by Wendell Aycock, does not duplicate or compete with this coverage. It is a new series, with a slightly altered format, which begins where the old one leaves off.