Roald Dahl Short Stories

There's a whole world of Dahl still to discover in a newly collected books of his deliciously dark tales for adults.

Roald Dahl reveals even more about the darker side of human nature in eight centenary editions: Lust, Madness, Cruelty, Deception, Trickery, Innocence, War and Fear.

Featuring extraordinary cover art by Charming Baker, whose paintings echo the dark and twisted world of Dahl's short stories.

War £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



There's a whole world of Dahl still to discover in a newly collected book of his deliciously dark tales for adults . . . In war, are we at our heroic best or our cowardly worst? Featuring the autobiographical stories from Roald Dahl's time as a fighter pilot in the Second World War as well as seven other tales of conflict and strife, Dahl reveals the human side of our most inhumane activity.Among other stories, you'll read about the pilot shot down in the Libyan desert, the fighter plane that vanishes inside a mysterious thick white cloud and the soldier who returns from war but has been shockingly changed by his experiences.

Trickery £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



There's a whole world of Dahl still to discover in a newly collected book of his deliciously dark tales for adults . . . How underhand could you be to get what you want? In these ten tales of dark and twisted trickery Roald Dahl reveals that we are at our smartest and most cunning when we set out to deceive others - and, sometimes, even ourselves.Here, among others, you'll read of the married couple and the parting gift which rocks their marriage, the light fingered hitch-hiker and the grateful motorist, and discover why the serious poacher keeps a few sleeping pills in his arsenal.

Fear £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



A collection of deliciously dark ghost stories for adults, picked by Roald Dahl himself . . . Do you enjoy being scared? Featuring fourteen classic spine-chilling stories chosen by Roald Dahl, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on will have you shivering with fear as you turn the pages.They include such timeless and haunting stories 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. 

Innocence £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



There's a whole world of Dahl still to discover in a newly collected book of his deliciously dark tales for adults . . . What makes us innocent and how do we come to lose it? Featuring the autobiographical stories telling of Roald Dahl's boyhood and youth as well as four further tales of innocence betrayed, Dahl touches on the joys and horrors of growing up.Among other stories, you'll read about the wager that destroys a girl's faith in her father, the landlady who has plans for her unsuspecting young guest and the commuter who is horrified to discover that a fellow passenger once bullied him at school.

Lust £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



Eeny, meeny, miny, mo – just a little while ago, Prince Oswald had sworn that he would ravish the Queen alone, and to hell with the Princess. But now that he had seen the Princess in the flesh, he did not know which one to prefer.
Desire isn’t always a fairy tale.
We fall not in love but lust? ...Lust, in all its myriad forms, consumes us. What won't we do to achieve our heart's desire?
A man sleeps with an unknown woman, with an untold secret, transmitted in the dark. Two husbands secretly agree to a night of passion - with each other's wives. A lecherous uncle with a revealing diary, a slighted old man with a plan for revenge, all prey to dangerous desires.
In these ten tales of twisted love master storyteller Roald Dahl explores how our darkest impulses reveal who we really are.
Collected together for the first time, stories include Madame Rosette, Neck, Georgy Porgy, The Visitor, The Last Act, The Great Switcheroo, Bitch, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life, The Ratcatcher and Nunc Dimittis.

Madness £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



'There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know'.
Our greatest fear is of losing control - of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves.
A woman obsessed with punctuality makes a fateful decision, a wronged woman takes revenge on her dead husband, a cat's curious behaviour comes between a husband and his wife. . . Madness highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker.
In these ten unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.
Collected together for the first time, stories include Edward the Conqueror, Katina, The Sound Machine, An African Story, The Landlady, Pig, The Boy Who Talked with Animals, Dip in the Pool, William and Mary and The Way Up to Heaven.

Cruelty £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



'Cruelty has a human heart ...'
Even when we mean to be kind we can sometimes be cruel. We each have a streak of nastiness inside us.
A wife pawns her lover's parting gift with unexpected consequences, an unusual painting proves to be more valuable than anyone, especially its owner, could ever have predicted, a husband and wife, unable to get their new baby to feed, hit upon a disturbing solution . . . Cruelty highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker.
In these ten tales of cruelty master storyteller Roald Dahl explores how and why it is we make others suffer.
Collected together for the first time, stories include The Butler, The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Royal Jelly, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, The Swan, Poison, Skin, The Princess and the Poacher, Genesis and Catastrophe and Mr Feasey.

Deception £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)



'The cruellest lies are often told in silence ...'
Why do we lie? Why do we deceive those we love most? What do we fear revealing?
A man takes part in a very unusual bet, a wife serves up a dish that utterly baffles the police, a game of cards between two couples is the basis for some shocking deceit . . . Deception highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker.
In these ten tales of deception master storyteller Roald Dahl explores our tireless efforts to hide the truth about ourselves.
Collected together for the first time, stories include My Lady Love, My Dove, Mildenhall Treasure, The Parson's Pleasure, Henry Sugar, The Umbrella Man, The Bookseller, Vengeance is Mine Inc., Lamb to the Slaughter and Mr Botibol Man from the South.
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