Did you know Roald Dahl was a prolific short story writer? Discover a few Tales of the Unexpected this National Share-a-Story Month...
Although he is more widely known for his children's stories, Roald Dahl began his writing career as a prolific writer of short stories for adults - some of which were later televised in the 1960s American CBS series 'Way Out and its later British equivalent, Tales of the Unexpected.
Initially most of his stories appeared in magazines, but were later brought together in a series of collections. How many have you read?
Published in 1946, Over To You features 10 of Roald Dahl's earliest stories - the majority of which were set during the Second World War and based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot. The stories featured are:
Originally released in 1953, Someone Like You features 18 stories, many of which would later appear in Tales of the Unexpected.
Published in 1960, Kiss Kiss features several more stories that were televised for Tales of the Unexpected as well as the first appearance in print of Danny's Dad from Danny, the Champion of the World.
Released in 1974, Switch Bitch was the first time one of Roald Dahl's most notorious adult characters - Uncle Oswald - appeared in print. These four tales are aimed at adults.
This collection is suitable for teenagers and also features one of Roald Dahl's rare factual stories - The Mildenhall Treasure, his 1946 account of Suffolk ploughman's Gordon Butcher's discovery of Roman silver.
Despite being published in 1989, the stories in this collection all date from the late 1940s. Based in and around the Buckinghamshire countryside Roald Dahl lived in for much of his adult life, these stories also show an early prototype for the genius pheasant-catching methods explored in Danny, the Champion of the World...
The Complete Short Stories
Fancy reading them all? In 2013, all of Roald Dahl's short stories were brought together in two new volumes with introductions from authors Charlie Higson and Anthony Horowitz.