How not to be a twit — it’s good ad­vice

Hamilton News - - BOOKS - — Linda Thompson

Roald Dahl is that guy who made child­hood a hoot and adult­hood just a bit naughty for decades.

The Bri­tish novelist, short story writer, poet, screen­writer (and one-time fighter pi­lot) wrote such gems as James and the Gi­ant Peach, Charlie and the Choco­late Fac­tory, Matilda, The Witches, Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and Tales of

the Un­ex­pected for the grown-ups.

This is a wee col­lec­tion of his won­der­ful ab­sur­di­ties, com­plete with il­lus­tra­tions. They are sorted into cat­e­gories like grow­ing down, words, looks, food and achiev­ing your phiz­zwiz­ards, or dreams. My favourites are in there, like: “A per­son is a fool to be­come a writer. His only com­pen­sa­tion is ab­so­lute free­dom. He has no mas­ter ex­cept his own soul, and that, I am sure is why he does it”.

And: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sun­beams and you will al­ways look lovely”.

Sound ad­vice.

How Not to be a Twit and other Wis­dom from Roald DahlRoald Dahl, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $19.99

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