“What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays.”

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Lucy Mangan shares her love for the glorious grotesquerie that is Roald Dahl’sThe Twits in celebration of the dastardly (and ever so hairy) pair’s 35th anniversary.

Beer stealing. An old boy dropped his glass eye into the tankard. He then saw it looking up at him.

From such tiny, distressing acorns do fabulously diseased oak trees grow…

Mr Twit and Glass eyeAs I recently discovered in the Roald Dahl Museum archive, scribbled down in one of Roald Dahl’s ideas books, filled with potential plots, characters and nuggets of story, is the idea of the glass eye in the beer. This went on to become the glorious grotesquerie that is The Twits.

I remember vividly it being read to us in primary school. The spaghetti worms! The Hugtight glue on the Big Dead Tree and – consequently – bird pie every week and one quartet of boys slipping out of their arbour-adhering trousers…

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