The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

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

  • First editions:
    • Knopf, 1977, USA.
      • To identify: Used a number line, no pictures of the Mildenhall Treasure and published with a dust jacket priced at $5.95.
    • Jonathan Cape, 1977, UK.
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement and published with a dust jacket priced at £3.50.
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People with peculiar and unlikely powers can be found throughout this extraordinary collection of seven short stories. A rich man who learns to see without his eyes, a giant turtle and a very special boy who can talk to animals, a cunning hitch-hiker and the curious driver who picks him up, and the very lucky ploughman who finds a fabulous fortune but loses a golden opportunity are only a few of the characters you’ll meet. The collection is a clever mix of fact and fiction and also includes the story of how Roald Dahl became a writer (and a wealth of tips for aspiring authors).


  • “Dahl Contrives to Moralise” by Peter Monaghan from the April 8, 1978 issue of The Canberra Times – Canberra, Australia (read online)

Criticism and Analysis

Fun Stuff

Sotheby’s Dahl Auction 1997


Catalan Covers

Chinese Covers

Czech Covers – Podivuhodný příběh Henryho Sugara a jiné povídky

Dutch Covers – Het wonderlijk verhaal van Hendrik Meier

French Covers – Coup de chance et autres nouvelles

German Covers – Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst

Spanish Covers – Historias extraordinarias

Vietnamese Covers – Câu chuyện kỳ diệu về Henry Sugar và sáu chuyện khác