Homage to Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Stampset
(source: Royal Mail)

Have you seen that the Royal Mail has brought out a “Gloriumptiously Collectible” series of Roald Dahl stamps reflecting some of his most popular characters?  Each stamp features illustrations by Roald Dahl’s long-time friend and collaborator, Quentin Blake.  How gorgeous do they look?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fantastic Mr Fox

The Hollywood movie adaptations – notably ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Fantastic Mr fox’ – have brought more recent acclaim to Roald Dahl’s work, but if you are not familiar with his fabulously imaginative story telling (where have you been?) or, if you think you might like to revisit them, I urge you to either pick up some of his stories for little people with BIG imaginations or, a collection of his short stories for adults.  They almost always have a sting in the tail.

One of his most famous adult short stories, ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, tells of Mary who beats her husband, Patrick to death with a frozen leg of lamb and then roast the murder weapon and serves it up to the policeman who comes to question her.  It was later adapted for television by Alfred Hitchcock.  It’s leave-the-light-on stuff, yet beautifully told.

Roald Dahl Short Stories
Roald Dahl Short Stories (one of my favourites)

AND, his books are all available on Kindle if you are a more modern kind of reader!

Don’t forget to leave the light on…!

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Comments (7)

Those stamps are sublime! Once, my former high school English teacher told us the story of the woman serving the murder weapon to the police but I never knew it was originally a Roald Dahl story! And you’re right, if anyone’s life has been entirely void of Roald Rahl’s imagination, they must certainly change it! He is an incredible story teller!

What a great comment – thanks! He was a master story teller who brought many people a lot of pleasure.

That’s awesome! I grew up on these books and can’t wait to share them with my son. I hope there’s another sheet somewhere with Danny Champion of the World, The BFG and The Enormous Crocodile.

Hi J – I thought the same thing about the BFG. That was one of my favourites.

Totally agree… with classics like “you mean you are a norphan” and ” all the crooks and nannies” how could the BFG not be counted amoungst his finest!!!

Little Sister – knew YOU would understand!

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