A wife pawns her lover's parting gift with unexpected consequences, an unusual painting proves to be more valuable than anyone, especially its owner, could ever have predicted, a husband and wife, unable to get their new baby to feed, hit upon a disturbing solution . . . "Cruelty" highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker. Collected together for the first time, stories include T"he Butler, The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Royal jelly, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, TheSwan, Poison, Skin, The Princess and the Poacher, Genesis "and" Catastrophe and Mr Feasey."
Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.