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Kiss Kiss (book)

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Kiss Kiss is a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl, first published in 1960 by Alfred A Knopf Most of the constituent stories had been previously published elsewhere


  • 1 Contents
  • 2 Editions
    • 21 Audiobook
  • 3 Critical response
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 Further reading


It contains the following short stories:

  • "The Landlady" first appeared in The New Yorker magazine, November 28, 1959
  • "William and Mary"
  • "The Way Up to Heaven" first appeared in The New Yorker magazine, February 27, 1954
  • "Parson's Pleasure"
  • "Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat"
  • "Royal Jelly"
  • "Georgy Porgy"
  • "Genesis and Catastrophe: A True Story"
  • "Edward the Conqueror" first appeared in The New Yorker magazine, October 31, 1953
  • "Pig"
  • "The Champion of the World" first appeared in The New Yorker magazine, January 31, 1959
  • "Lamb to the Slaughter"

These are some of Dahl's most macabre stories Delicately, the naive punish the wicked, but also the other way around

Most of the stories are presented as typical narratives, albeit with imaginative characters The horror of each story is built around implication, and many horrific endings, involving death or unpleasant situations, can only be inferred, since nothing is directly stated

"The Champion of the World" is a condensed version of the story that would become Dahl's 1977 children's book, Danny the Champion of the World


  • Knopf, New York, 1960, 309 pp
  • McCleland, Toronto, 1960
  • M Joseph, London, 1960, 255 pp
  • Hayakawa, Japan, 1961, Paperback, Japanese as Tales of Menace 1
  • Dell:F128, New York, 1961, 288 pp, Paperback
  • Bonnier, Stockholm, 1961, Swedish as Puss puss
  • Penguin:1832, Harmondsworth, 1962, 233 pp, Paperback, ISBN 0-14-001832-8 1973 reprint
  • Feltrinelli, Milano, 1964, 276 pp, Italian as Kiss Kiss: 11 storie macabre con humour
  • Rowohlt, Reinbek, German as Küßchen, Küsschen


Unabridged recordings have been made of all eleven stories and released by Penguin Audiobooks These are available individually as audio downloads, or together in a CD collection The narrators are Stephanie Beacham, Juliet Stevenson, Derek Jacobi, Adrian Scarborough, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig

Critical response

Lorna Bradbury, Deputy Literary Editor for The Daily Telegraph, listed the collection as one of "25 Classic Novels for Teenagers" Zoe Chace of NPR told interviewer Cara Philbin her reactions during reading the collection as a child: "Kiss Kiss is for grown-ups It was actually the marriages that I remember feeling the worst about Reading Kiss Kiss is one of the first times I can remember a real-life truth staring back at me from a book I hadn't yet thought about the nasty tricks adults play on each other just to hurt each other Particularly, married adults who aren't in love and who might know the others weakness best My imagination matured"

See also

  • Novels portal
  • "Switch Bitch" 1974 short story
  • Tales of the Unexpected book


  1. ^ a b c d "All works by Roald Dahl" The New Yorker Retrieved 1 October 2014
  2. ^ Bradbury, Lorna 5 April 2012 "25 classic novels for teenagers" The Daily Telegraph Retrieved September 28, 2012 
  3. ^ Philbin, Cara July 3, 2012 "Zoe Chace Found An Unwelcome Truth Lurking in Roald Dahl's "Kiss Kiss"" NPR Retrieved September 28, 2012 

Further reading

  • Tuck, Donald H 1974 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Chicago: Advent p 125 ISBN 0-911682-20-1 

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