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DAHL, Roald; BLAKE, Quentin (illustrator).

The Witches.

Stock Code
101073
London, Jonathan Cape, 1983
£225

A classic dark tale from a master of the genre, the macabre menace only slightly mitigated by the target audience being children. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, The Witches was also successfully dramatised on several occasions, most famously perhaps the 1990 film featuring Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, which featured a differing ending from that in the book (much to the author's chagrin). Possibly the newly planned film will redeem cinematic licence

Intriguingly it has also found itself at one time or another banned for perceived misogyny, as Dahl states that only women can be witches 'I do not wish to speak badly about women,' the author writes. 'Most women are lovely. But the fact remains that all witches are women. There is no such thing as a male witch. On the other hand, a ghoul is always a male... both are dangerous.

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Description

First edition, first impression; 8vo; illustrations by Quentin Blake; publisher's boards, dust-jacket with wraparound artwork by Quentin Blake, a little chipped at corners with one small split and some slight creasing to top edge but otherwise very good with no fading to the spine.

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