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Tir Tanagiri
1. The King's Peace (2000)
2. The King's Name (2001)
3. The Prize in the Game (2002)

Small Change
1. Farthing (2006)
2. Ha'penny (2007)
3. Half A Crown (2008)

1. The Just City (2015)
2. The Philosopher Kings (2015)
3. Necessity (2016)
Thessaly (omnibus) (2017)

Tooth and Claw (2003)
Lifelode (2009)
Among Others (2011)
My Real Children (2014)
The Rebirth of Pan (2016)
Starlings (2018)
Poor Relations (2018)

The Helix and the Hard Road (poems) (2013) (with Joan Slonczewski)

Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction (2010)
Sleeper (2014)
A Burden Shared (2017)

Non fiction
What Makes This Book So Great (2014)
An Informal History of the Hugos (2018)

Oct 5, 2017, 8:10 pm


1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
2. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (omnibus) (1991)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book (2011)

The Gremlins (1943)
Sometime Never (1948)
James and the Giant Peach (1961)
The Magic Finger (1966)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)
Danny (1975)
My Uncle Oswald (1979)
The Twits (1980)
George's Marvellous Medicine (1981)
The BFG (1982)
The Witches (1983)
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
Matilda (1988)
Esio Trot (1989)
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)
The Mildenhall Treasure (1999)

The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka (1978)
The Enormous Crocodile / The Magic Finger (1986)
The Roald Dahl Omnibus: Perfect Bedtime Stories for Sleepless Nights (1987)
Boy / Going Solo (1992)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / James and the Giant Peach (1994)
Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts (1996)
Roald Dahl Omnibus (1996)
Dahl Omnibus: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Fantastic Mr Fox / James and the Giant Peach (2000)
Charlie Novels Plus Henry Sugar (2001)
Four Favourite Stories (2004)
Roald Dahl's Scrumdidlyumptious Story Collection (2008)
Roald Dahl 15 Book Box Set (2010)

Over to You (1946)
Someone Like You (1953)
Kiss Kiss (1959)
Selected Stories (1968)
Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl (1969)
Switch Bitch (1974)
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
Taste and Other Tales (1979)
More Tales of the Unexpected (1980)
A Roald Dahl Selection (1980)
Way Up to Heaven (1981)
Further Tales of the Unexpected (1981)
Revolting Rhymes (poems) (1982)
The Best of Roald Dahl (1983)
Dirty Beasts (poems) (1983)
Selected Works (1985)
Roald Dahl's Completely Unexpected Tales (1986)
The Puffin Roald Dahl Collection (1986)
Two Fables (1986)
A Second Roald Dahl Selection (1987)
New Tales of the Unexpected (1988)
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989)
Rhyme Stew (poems) (1989)
The Complete Tales of the Unexpected (1991)
Edward the Conqueror (1991)
The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl (1991)
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke and Other Stories (1992)
The Roald Dahl Audio Collection (1995)
Lamb to the Slaughter (1995)
Great Mouse Plot (1996)
The Great Automatic Grammatizator (1996)
Ten Short Stories (1997)
The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997)
The Umbrella Man (1998)
It's Heaven to Be Seven (2000) (with Judy Blume, Patricia MacLachlan and Ann M Martin)
Skin (2000)
Out of This World (2000) (with David Almond, Helen Cresswell, Jenny Nimmo, Andrew Norris, Philip Ridley, J K Rowling, Robert Swindells, Kate Thompson and Kaye Umansky)
The Man from the South (2002)
Roald Dahl Gift Set (2004)
Roald Dahl's Incredible Chocolate Box (2005)
A Taste of the Unexpected (2005)
Vile Verses (poems) (2005)
Songs and Verse (poems) (2005)
Collected Stories (2006)
Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection (2009)
Spotty Powder and Other Splendifourous Secrets (2010)
Three Tales of Magic and Mischief (2012)
The Complete Short Stories: Volume One (2013)
The Complete Short Stories: Volume Two (2013)
Deception (2017)
Fear (2017)
Innocence (2017)
Trickery (2017)
War (2017)

Picture Books
The Enormous Crocodile (1978)
The Minpins (1991)

Beware of the Dog (2010)
Bitch (2012)
Royal Jelly (2012)
Billy and the Minpins (2017)

Short Stories
The Great Switcheroo (1990)

Anthologies edited
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1956)

Non fiction
Boy (1984)
Going Solo (1986)
Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)
The Dahl Diary (1991)
Memories with Food at Gipsy House (1991) (with Felicity Dahl)
My Year (1993)
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes (1994)
Roald Dahl on Tape (1995)
Roald Dahl's Cookbook (1996)
Even More Revolting Recipes (2001)
The Dahlmanac (2006)
More About Boy (2008)
Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes (2009)
Roald Dahl Magical Gift Set (2010)
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Joke Book (2011)
Roald Dahl's Fantabulous Facts (2012)

Oct 5, 2017, 8:12 pm

What will I read?

Edited: Oct 5, 2017, 11:27 pm

It's here! It's here!

I read Walton's fantastic What Makes This Book So Great in April for the non-fiction challenge. It's a collection of blog posts she did for, mostly concerning her re-readings, but it also has entries on what not to say when you meet an author, different types of series, and a lament that George Eliot never tried writing science fiction. All of the entries in the book, and more stuff, can be found online here.

My local library has a large collection of Dahl audiobooks, and I've started working my way through them. So far I've finished Fantastic Mr. Fox and Other Animal Stories, read by Chris O'Dowd, Geoffrey Palmer, Stephen Fry, and Hugh Laurie, and The Witches, read by Miranda Richardson. All of the readers are amazing, but Richardson and O'Dowd are real standouts.

Oct 6, 2017, 7:29 pm

I have Necessity pencilled in for this month. Having read the first two books of this trilogy, I need to complete the series. Guess that means I'd better order it from the library NOW!

Edited: Oct 9, 2017, 10:03 am

>2 PaulCranswick: Nice overview! Thanks for setting this up, Paul.

>7 amanda4242: I started reading What makes this book so great, but got into a detour for some reason, might pick it up again. Thanks for posting the link to the site!

And I read Among others and really liked it, so I might try one of her series.

Ronald Dahl is marvellous of course, but Jo Walton is pretty new for me, and I'd like to get to know her better.

Oct 10, 2017, 10:42 pm

I have been dying to read Farthing for a while and this was just the nudge I needed to get it read. I had a hard time putting this one down. The alternate history is understated. By that I mean that Walton doesn't go out of her way to emphasize the differences between the alternate reality and actual history.

Walton adds a different twist to the Golden Age country house party mystery. If all they were all like this one, it would no longer be my favorite genre. On the other hand, since I've read so many Golden Age mysteries, I can appreciate what Walton has done with this novel.

I have downloaded an Overdrive ebook copy of Matilda. I'll try to get to it before it expires, but no guarantees since I'm still in the process of moving.

Oct 17, 2017, 10:34 pm

I finished listening to Dahl's Boy: Tales of Childhood. Still enjoying revisiting these childhood favorites.

Oct 26, 2017, 8:39 pm

Must rummage in my daughter's childhood books, many of which remain in the house, to see what Dahl she might have lingering about.

Oct 29, 2017, 1:19 pm

I'm a few chapters into Farthing and can already see why it's so praised.

Oct 30, 2017, 1:10 am

And I read and liked among others

Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 10:44 pm

It has been a challenge to get to the challenges in the last little while so I made an effort to get this month’s challenge done in the right month. What better way to make sure I could get the book read in time than to read a children’s book?

James and the Giant Peach is a classic but one that I have never read before. In fact, I have never read anything by Roald Dahl before. I really enjoyed this fanciful story told in the best fairytale tradition. Wonderful, even better was finding another Dahl book at my Little Free Library so reading more by this author should not be difficult.

Nov 25, 2017, 7:14 am

I finished Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

Fairy tales with a twist. Fun, humorous and quirky. I enjoyed this small book a lot.

Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 8:32 pm

I finally got a chance to finish Farthing, which deserves every bit of praise it has received. An excellent book to mark my 100th BAC read of the year.