Sam Leith Sam Leith

The senseless re-editing of Roald Dahl

You cannot create right-thinking in a population by controlling the literature it consumes

Roald Dahl [Getty]

Roald Dahl was, in many respects, a horrible man. He was a narcissist, a bully, a liar, an anti-Semite, a tax-dodger, a faithless husband and – if his daughter’s account is to be believed – a cruel and thoughtless father.

None of which has anything whatever to do, it scarcely needs saying, with the content of his books.

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