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Kiss Kiss Paperback – 4 Nov 1987

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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin, Harmondsworth U.K.; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140018328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140018325
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Unnerving bedtime stories, subtle, proficient, hair-raising and done to a turn (San Francisco Chronicle)

Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive (Irish Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children’s author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.

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Billy Weaver had travelled down from London on the slow afternoon train, with a change at Swindon on the way, and by the time he got to Bath it was about nine o'clock in the evening and the moon was coming up out of a clear starry sky over the houses opposite the station entrance. Read the first page
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while. Roald Dahl has a talent for writing original short stories, incorporating hints of subtle horror, humour and unexpected twists in each. Tales such as 'The Way up to Heaven' and 'William and Mary' are quite eerie but this is all part of the fun. Although you come to expect a twist towards the end of each story, they are not always obvious (the ending to the story 'Pig' was extremely suprising!) If you haven't read this, you're missing out on a group of thoroughly interesting and addictive stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Radulphus on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I first read Kiss Kiss over forty years ago but when I read it again recently it was as enjoyable as the first time. After all the kids' stuff that he wrote later, it is easy to forget what a good writer of adult books Dahl was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Booth on 1 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
A great book of short stories, each one captures your imagination and keeps you guessing right to the end and beyond. Fantastic reading!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
Perverse, inventive and often downright morbid, kiss kiss will be a shock to those only ingratiated with the (rather brilliant) children's stories. Yes, it is true that after reading a few of these tales, the end twist becomes somewhat of an enevitability, but the sheer dynamism and imagination of Dahl's storytelling remains intoxicating.The truly scary William and Mary in particular is a story that will remain with me forever All in all, a sick, frieghtening and thoughourly brilliant collection of tales, from an author who must now be recognised as the greatest short-story writer of a generation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nightlegend on 25 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I read for Roald Dahl ,some of my friends have recommended his works for me and gave me this book along with Switch Bitch ,I have begun with Kiss Kiss , and I was totally amazed .
Once you got passed the shallow introduction story (The Landlady) you will be faced with some of the most funniest and dare I say hilarious short stories ever written ,this collection includes some masterpieces which is (William and Mary) ,( Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's hat ) and the mind blowing (Parson's pleasure) , there are some very good ones like (The way Up to Heaven) ,(Edward the Conqueror) and (Pig) ,the remaining stories are also very entertaining but they can not be comparable to the rest mentioned above .
Dahl's writings are not only about the sarcasm sense and funny situations ,actually the greatness of his writings comes from his extraordinary ability to explore the human nature ,and give us a glimpse about the weird nature which is existing deep inside every human being ,this collection deals with many aspects of the human behavior ranging from the FAKE socially civilized appearance to the bottom of the most disgusting characters you are likely to meet ,but the craft of Dahl is to make you sure that the both sides are actually equal ,and once you have picked this collection you will be hooked and you will ask for more ,luckily I have (Switch Bitch) collection and I am going to read it instantly .
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By mavis on 23 Feb. 2014
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I was Fully absorbed in each story within few paragraphs. The way it was written and how it caused the story to unfold to me, so quickly, was just as entertaining as the content. it definitly in english to answer the reviewer who gave 1 star. Gets your heart going a little but nothing to give u nightmares.
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I felt that this book was disappointing. I remember being scared to death and disturbed by The Tales of the Unexpected on the television. Not this book it seemed really familiar and each story a little predictable. Didn't like the people in it and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not my cup of tea at all!
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By bibliophil on 5 Jan. 2014
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I love Roald Dahl books, stories. He writes a stories which always blow my mind. I love his endings too, very worth buy. You can keep them and read them over and over again they just do not age.
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