Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Jersey Metal Detectorists' Society

This news item reminded me of a Roald Dahl tale in a volume I read again and again as a child.

(I think the stories I read most obsessively at that age were inevitably the Sherlock Holmes ones, and certainly R. L. Stevenson and other late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century tales of the uncanny, but Dahl's children's stories and also the stories of Joan Aiken were also a major influence....)


  1. A strange story, if I recall--didn't it begin as a journalistic piece?

  2. (The Dahl, that is.)

    In other news, I have been reading Dahl around the edges, spurred by Wodehouse's recommendation in a letter of a story about an elevator (turns out to be 'The Way Up to Heaven") and reissues of Switch Bitch and My Uncle Oswald...