Roald Dahl 100

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me


Publication of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me



In 1985 Roald Dahl's shorter story for slightly younger readers, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

In Storyteller, Donald Sturrock's biography of Roald, Donald describes The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me as "the literary equivalent of a souffle - simple, light and easily devoured." But he also reveals that "behind this effortless facade lay seven months of hard work, and a file of discards and rewrites that exceeded 300 pages."

Roald found the process of writing this book difficult. He was in a lot of pain at this point in his life, revealing in a letter to his editor Stephen Roxborough quoted in Storyteller that he had "two steel hips and a spine that has suffered no lress than six laminectomies (from war injury)."

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