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Someone Like You (short story collection)

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Someone Like You
Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorRoald Dahl
GenreMystery, horror, science fiction
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Publication placeUnited Kingdom
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages359 pp

Someone Like You is a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl. It was published in 1953 by Alfred Knopf.


It contains eighteen short stories. The final four are grouped under a collective title.[1]

Reception & Legacy[edit]

Groff Conklin called Someone Like You "certainly the most distinguished book of short stories of 1953 ... all superb".[2] Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas praised the collection's "subtly devastating murder stories [as well as] two biting science-fantasties, plus a few unclassifiable gems" and concluded the volume "belong[ed] on your shelves somewhere in the Beerbohm/Collier/Saki section".[3]

Van Morrison's song Someone Like You is named after this collection.[4]

Two of the stories in this collection were adapted by Wes Anderson as short films for Netflix.



  1. ^ "Someone Like You". www.roalddahl.com.
  2. ^ Conklin, Groff (May 1954). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 129–133.
  3. ^ a b "Recommended Reading," F&SF, August 1954, p.79.
  4. ^ Van Morrison interview with Marty Whelan 4th Nov 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBbNsPbqbKU

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