The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Published in 1974

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In The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, first published in 1977, Roald Dahl set out to create a collection of short stories for older children.

Background

-Background-

Seven tales of the bizarre and unexpected - enter a brilliant, sinister and wholly unpredictable world...

In The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, first published in 1977, Roald Dahl set out to create a collection of short stories for older children. The title story,The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, is the longest in the collection. 

As well as four fictional stories it also includes The Mildenhall Treasure - an account written by Roald in 1946 about the discovery of a hoard of Roman silver found by Suffolk ploughman Gordon Butcher - as well as Lucky Break, Roald's account of how he became a writer, and A Piece of Cake, previously featured in the collection Over To You and included again here as a companion piece for Lucky Break.

The seven stories featured are:

  • The Boy Who Talked with Animals
  • The Hitch-hiker
  • The Mildenhall Treasure
  • The Swan
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
  • Lucky Break
  • A Piece of Cake

Find out more about the period in Roald Dahl's life when Henry Sugar was published

It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children, it’s vital.

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Taken from Lucky Break, a short piece of Roald's writing included in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and six more.

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