Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

Sections: Information | Description | Covers | Czech, German, and Russian Covers


Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Michael Joseph, 1989, Great Britain.
      • Illustrated by: John Lawrence
      • To identify: Standard practice statement (‘Published in Great Britain’ followed by the date, no later dates or printing statements), with jacket priced £11.95 & $22.95
    • Alfred Knopf, 1989, USA.
      • To identify: First Edition statement, with jacket priced $18.95
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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life is a collection of seven hilariously creepy Roald Dahl stories published in various magazines and collections in the ’40s and ’50s, and gathered here for the first time. With the classic Dahl mixture of charm and charmingly perverse, these stories remind us that the mystery of life isn’t always as sweet as it seems.


Czech Covers – To sladké tajemství života a jiné povídky

German Covers – Der krumme Hund

Russian Covers – Ах, эта сладкая загадка жизни!