Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Roald Dahl Collection ~ Fear Innocence Trickery War @PenguinUKBooks @Deaco89

Recollected for the first time since their original publication; Fear, Innocence, Trickery and War depict some of Dahl's most sinister tales focussing on aspects of the human condition that he found most fascinating.
Complete with stunningly thought-provoking illustrations, courtesy of renowned artist Charming Baker, Britain's most seminal author reveals even more about the darker side of human nature.

Published by Penguin on 10 August 2017
Paperback £8.99 each

These fourteen classic spine-chilling stories are collected from Dahl's extensive research of over 700 ghost stories.
Fear includes timeless and haunting tales such as Sheridan Le Fanu's The Ghost of a Hand, Edith Wharton's Afterward, Cynthia Asquith's The Corner Shop and Mary Treadgold's The Telephone.

What makes us innocent and how do we come to lose it? Combining autobiographical stories from his childhood - such as the much-loved, Boy - as well as four further tales of innocence lost, Dahl touches on the joys and horrors of growing up. 
Among other stories you'll read of the wager that destroys a girl's faith in her father and the landlady who has plans for her unsuspecting young guest.

To what depths of deception would you stoop to get what you want? In these ten dark and twisty tales, Dahl reveals that we are at our smartest and most cunning when we set out to deceive others - and sometimes ourselves. 
Here you will read of a husband and wife and the parting gift which rocks their marriage, the light fingered hitch-hiker and the grateful motorist, and discover how sleeping pills can aid a little bit of serious poaching.

Including famous short stories such as Over to You, War presents the gripping autobiographical account of Dahl's experiences working in East Africa as well as his life as a fighter pilot during WWII. 
As he travels across the British Empire, you'll read about the pilot shot down in the Libyan Desert, the fighter plane lost in mysterious fog and the soldier who returns from war irrevocably changed.

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 present a side of Dahl that few have seen before; this stunning collection is most certainly a darker side of Dahl.

Find out more at the official Roald Dahl website
Twitter @roald_dahl

Charming Baker has had a string of international sell-out shows. His fans include Damien Hirst, British collector Frank Cohen, gallerist Harry Blain and New York dealer Alberto Mugrabi.
His juxtaposition of nostalgia with sex and death is grown-up and playful, his work simultaneously beautiful and intentionally bothersome.
His work has been described as 'a kind of romantic melancholy that is very British. And sometimes the melancholy turns out to have sharp claws.'
The pictures make up sit up and examine your conscience.
These sensibilities could equally be describing Roald Dahl's approach to his domestically dark adult short stories, making Charming and Roald Dahl the perfect collaboration for these new collections.

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