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Don't bother - look for an original edition!
on 31 October 2014
I loved this book as a child growing up in the 90's so thought I'd treat myself to a new edition. The ORIGINAL book deserves five stars but this version has been abridged to make it more politically correct. The word 'queer' has vanished and characters Dick and Fanny have become Rick and Franny. Dame Slap has been changed to Dame Snap and her chapter has been completely re-written to protect contemporary readers from the horrors of corporal punishment. This book never did me any harm (as they say) so why did it need to be edited? This is going straight back and I'm going to keep an eye out for older editions in charity shops. My children will enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed!