Roald Dahl: Teller of the Unexpected: A Biography


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$27.95  $25.99
Pegasus Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Matthew Dennison is the author of several critically acclaimed literary biographies, most recently Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter (also available from Pegasus Books). He lives in the United Kingdom.


Praise for Matthew Dennison:
"An elegant new biography. In Dennison's telling, Dahl's contradictions are beautifully illustrated. I think [Dahl] would have liked Dennison's writing style, lush but clipped, with such phrases as 'the ubiquity of caprice' and 'buoyant with slang, ' full of a reader's zest." --Alexandra Jacobs, The New York Times Book Review
"Dennison's account is sympathetic but honest, psychologically acute and insightful. It is, withal, a sad story but one that Dennison tells extremely well to his and Grahame's credit."-- "Booklist"
"This sympathetic study will attract biography lovers and, of course, fans of Grahame's enduring classic."-- "Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star"
"Matthew Dennison's gripping and consistently surprising biography of Kenneth Grahame ably explains how a stuffy bank clerk produced arguably the greatest children's book ever written, The Wind in the Willows. Grahame's was a life of tragedy from its beginning and a consequent retreat into private fantasy proved his imaginative salvation."-- "The Guardian"
"Potter is arguably the most popular English children's book author of all time, and the subject of Matthew Dennison's excellent short biography. The book is concise, brisk, and consistently interesting, offering just enough detail for most readers."-- "Michael Dirda, Barnes & Noble Review"
"Dennison is the latest to turn the story of Beatrix Potter herself into a book. Indeed, Ms. Potter's extraordinary life makes for an absorbing tale. Dennison ably tells about Potter's cloistered childhood; about her determination to get published, and about her marriage to an attorney. Readers feel her passion for England's beautiful Lake District, which became her home. There is much to like about Dennison's version of Potter's life. Dennison skillfully weaves Beatrix's stories into every part of her narrative."-- "Christian Science Monitor"
"Lively and succinct. Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with Peter Rabbit and his friends should be intrigued to view them as the means by which Potter found her way out into the wider world."-- "Booklist"
"Potter described her stories as giving 'pleasure without ugliness.' The same can be said of this respectful biography."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Dennison makes strong connections between Potter's life and themes in classic [Potter] titles. As an introduction to the life of Beatrix Potter, Dennison's telling is more than adequate."-- "Publishers Weekly"