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Names of the Group:
Celia García Jiménez
Esther García Nogueras
Manuel García- Navas Rodríguez
Fernando García López
José Luis Gómez Ramos

1º Magisterio de Educación Primaria B

Tales of the Unexpected.


Introduction: The author Roald Dalh.
Tales of the Unexpected.
Lamb to the Slaughter.
Summary of the story:

Introduction: The author Roald Dalh.

Roald Dahl´s parents were Norwegian, but he was born in Llandaff, Glamorgan, in 1916 and educated at Repton School. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he enlisted in the R.A.F. at Nairobi.
He was severely wounded after joining a fighter squadron in Libya, but later saw service as a fighter pilot in Greece and Syria. In 1942 he went toWashington as Assistant Air Attaché, which was where he started to write, and then was transferred to Intelligence, ending the war as a wing commander. His first twelve short stories, based on his wartime experiences, were originally published in leading American magazines and afterwards as a book, Over to you. All of his highly acclaimed stories have been widely translated and have become bestsellersall over the world. Anglia Television dramatized a selection of his short stories under the title Tales of the Unexpected. Among his other publications are two volumes of autobiography, Boy and Going Solo, his much-praised novel My Uncle Oswald, and Roald Dahl´s Book of Ghost Stories, of which he was editor. During the last year of his life he compiled a book of anecdotes and recipes with his wife,Felicity, which was published by Penguin in 1996 as Roald Dahl´s Cookbook. He is one of the most successful and well known of all children´s writers, and his books are read by children all over the world. These include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twist, The Witches, winner of the 1983Whitbread Award, The BFG and Matilda.
Roald Dahl died in November 1990. The Times described him as ‘one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation’ and wrote in its obituary: ‘Children loved his stories and made him their favourite…They will be classics of the future.’ In 2000 Roald Dahl was voted the nation´s favourite author in the World Book Day poll.

Tales of theUnexpected.
Tales of the Unexpected is a British television series that originally aired between 1979 and 1988, made by Anglia Television for ITV.
The series was an anthology of different tales, initially based on short stories, at one time compiled in a book of the same title, by the author Roald Dahl. The stories were sometimes sinister, sometimes wryly comedic, and usually had a twist ending.Dahl introduced on camera all the episodes of the first two series, which bore the full title Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected. Dahl also chose the stories not written by him to be adapted for the second series, and a small number of additional Dahl stories were adapted for the third series onwards following his departure.
Lamb to the Slaughter.

‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ (1954) is a short storyby Roald Dahl. It is a short story in the book Skin which has a series of short stories. It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker, but was ultimately published in Harper's Magazine. The story was adapted for a memorable episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents originally broadcast on April 13, 1958, one of the 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself, andsubsequently adapted for Dahl's British TV series Tales of the Unexpected.


Summary of the story.

Mary Maloney, six months pregnant, waits for her policeman husband Patrick Maloney to come home from work. When he arrives, she takes his coat and hangs it in the closet. The couple sits and drinks in silence — Mary comfortable with the knowledge that Patrick does not like to talk...
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