Three decades on: Matilda continues to be celebrated, loved, read
and re-read thirty years after her creation.
If you love diving into bookshops as much as we do to find the next, great feminist text, you won’t failed to have noticed some sparkling new editions of the Roald Dahl children’s classic, Matilda gracing the shelves.
To celebrate thirty years since its first appearance in 1988, illustrator Quentin Blake has re-imagined the possible career paths Matilda may have taken at age 30. Would she have been a librarian? An astrophysicist? Or a World Traveller and foreign new correspondent for a leading newspaper?
Or maybe she’d have had time to become all three?
No-one who has read Matilda, can ever forget the horrific, abusive and negligent nature of her parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, or the Headmistress-from-Hell, Miss Trunchball, or the cake-eating mastery of Bruce Bogtrotter!
But perhaps most memorable of all, is the simple fact that this story is about a little girl who found her strength in books, and used her extraordinary mind to better her world – making her a heroine for girls and boys the world over.
Matilda at 30, we salute you!