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Lamb to the Slaughter

Published: 03.08.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
Lamb to the Slaugther

Do the titles Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The Witches ring a bell? Who is the author of these stories from your childhood?

"Lamb to the Slaughter" is a short story written for an adult audience.

Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) was born in Wales, to Norwegian parents. His formative years at different private schools in Wales and England are mirrored in his autobiographical novel Boy: Tales of Childhood. His experiences from these schools ignited his preference for child heroes and heroines exposed to cruelty and ignorance from adults. Matilda and Charlie are two examples. Roald Dahl's trademark is unexpected plot twists and dark humour. "Lamb to the Slaughter" is from one of his short story collections. A lot of his work has been adapted to film.

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Further Reading

If you like to read another short story by Roald Dahl, you should look here Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat 


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