Unexpected Books by Old Favorites

Author Roald Dahl

Did you ever discover a book by one of your favorite authors that you didn’t expect? Maybe you’ve known an author as someone who has written some of your favorite children’s books, and then discover they wrote . . . something else entirely? Or maybe yes, you did know that they wrote other books, but never sought them out to read. I’m thinking that perhaps I’ll post about some of these instances (because I can, and also because I think it might pique the interest of some readers).

So today, I’m going to focus on Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl, who wrote some of my favorite books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Danny, the Champion of the World. You probably know these books, but have you ever read one of his adult fiction? I’m talking about books like Switch Bitch and his Tales of the Unexpected. And My Uncle Oswald. If you haven’t read these, you will be happy to learn that these books have the same kind of dark (sometimes wicked) humor that you find in his children’s books. However, you may be surprised by — ahem — some of the sexier stuff. Uncle Oswald’s life is filled with sexual exploits. Switch Bitch is a collection of short stories that all deal in some way with deception and sex.

Curious about Roald Dahl now? If so, come to the Library and we’ll get you all set up. Yes, that link there goes to the list of his adult books in our catalog.

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