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There are iconic childhood books, there are really iconic childhood books, and then there's the work of Roald Dahl. Between Matilda, The Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG, Dahl defined half of the childhoods out there.

Possibly his most beloved book, though - if it's even possible to narrow it down to one, and not twenty or so - is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Adapted into a movie in 2005 with Johnny Depp, and back in 1971 with Gene Wilder, the book tells the story of young Charlie Bucket, and his adventures in a remarkable chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka.

And now, a brand new chapter, previously unseen by the public after being excised from the original by Dahl at an early editing stage, has been released - along with a specially drawn Quentin Blake illustration:

And it's...a little strange. You can read it in full here, but be warned, it's an early draft, and as such lacks a lot of the usual Dahl-ian spark - and features a whole load of characters who don't appear in the final novel.


What do you guys reckon? Is the newly released chapter a good addition?

via The Guardian


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