My Uncle Oswald

My Uncle Oswald

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101605424
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Now back in print along with Roald Dahl’s Switch Bitch, a surprisingly naughty and hilarious adult book by the beloved children’s author

Children and adults alike adore the dark humor that pervades such Roald Dahl classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Yet the celebrated author sometimes followed his imagination down a much more risqué path.

Showcasing this lesser-known erotic side of Dahl’s celebrated genius that would make even a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey blush, My Uncle Oswald is the unapologetically racy memoir of Oswald Hendryks Cornelius—bon vivant, collector of spiders, and undoubtedly the greatest fornicator of all time.


"One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."
– The Times
"Immense fun."
– Daily Telegraph
"Raunchy exuberance and cheeky entertainment."
– Sunday Express
"Deliciously silly."
– Observer
"What can be said is that My Uncle Oswald provides four or five hours of effortless reading and some amusing scenes, mostly of the kind film makers have taught us to call soft porn—so soft, indeed, that at times they turn out almost fluffy.

The tone is that of a gentleman telling ribald anecdotes to his male guests after dinner. The leer is civilized . . . the dialog gets mean and raunchy, but the physical detail is kept decorous. . . . Mr. Dahl’s guests are not invited to vicarious orgy, then, nor will they hear a disguised lecture by a wicked satirist of morals and manners."

– Vance Bourjaily
"A festival of bad taste that is at heart so innocent that we soon forgive it and enjoy ourselves . . . thoroughly juvenile fun . . . I haven’t had so much fun of this sort since my last all-night joke-telling session at summer camp."
– Christopher Lehman-Haupt
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