4 Mar 2023

The Detail's Long Read: Roald Dahl and the Big Fat Fuss

From The Detail, 5:00 am on 4 March 2023

This is The Detail's Long Read - one in-depth story read by us every weekend.

Extract from The Twits by Roald Dahl

Extract from The Twits by Roald Dahl Photo: Supplied

This week, it's Roald Dahl and the Big Fat Fuss, an opinion piece written and read aloud here by Madison Hamill and published on Newsroom.co.nz.

Madison Hamill is a book editor and author of the award-winning essay collection 'Specimen'. When the global news media caught wind that new editions of Roald Dahl's classic children's books had been rewritten to take out the 'offensive' sections, she decided to wade into the ensuing culture war herself, looking at the relationship between editors and authors in producing work, and the trend of putting modern sensibilities into historical contexts.

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