The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

Published in 1991


The Vicar of Nibbleswicke tells the tale of Robert Lee, who develops a very unusual condition the local doctor calls Back-to-Front Dyslexia.



The Reverend Robert Lee, Vicar of Nibbleswicke and a charming and God-fearing man, causes utter confusion among his devout parishioners...

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke tells the tale of Robert Lee, who, having suffered with severe dyslexia as a boy, successfully overcame his problems with the help of The Dyslexia Institute. But soon after arriving in Nibbleswicke as the town's new reverend, he develops a very unusual condition the local doctor calls Back-to-Front Dyslexia.

Written in the last years of his life in aid of The Dyslexia Institute, The Vicar of Nibbleswicke was published in 1991, shortly after Roald's death in November 1990. As his principal illustrator Quentin Blake reveals in a footnote published at the end of the story, Roald auctioned all rights to The Vicar of Nibbleswicke to benefit The Dyslexia Institute. Quentin says: "It's a privilege to be associated, among our many collaborations, with Roald in this book; a landmark of both his concern for people and his passionate belief in the importance of reading." 

Today, these twin concerns continue to inspire the work of the two Roald Dahl charities: Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children, and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Roald's home-town of Great Missenden, where reading and literature are celebrated.


My name is Eel, Robert Eel. I am the new pastor of Nibbleswicke. Dog help me!

Robert Lee 1

Roald Dahl's The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

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