Roald Dahl had an abiding love for and interest in nature. He kept notes about the habits of moles and foxes, the colour and song of birds and the different flowers, plants and berries that blossomed in the countryside around his home, Gipsy House, throughout the year. In the last year of his life he worked on a diary. But what was originally intended to be a few lines turned into a memorable account of the passing year. Reminiscences of childhood and adolescene, combined with tips about how to rid your lawn of moles or attract birds to your garden, are interwoven with observations about the changing seasons and the festivals we celebrate.
When you think of Puffin books, a few classic stories are bound to come to mind. And with fantastic authors such as Roald Dahl, Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens, it’s no surprise!
Think you know Roald Dahl? Read on for a chilling short story from his writing for adults that might just make you think again...