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Beastly: the stories of David Walliams

Beastly: the stories of David Walliams


What do you do with a star children’s author who can’t stop pushing the boundaries?

Why this story?

In February this year, the Telegraph newspaper revealed that Roald Dahl’s publisher had “updated” some of his stories for young readers and modern audiences. The news went viral – to some it was the moment the world went mad; to others an exaggerated fuss over nothing. 

But it put the publishing industry in the spotlight, and soon questions were being raised about another, more contemporary author – and known provocateur. David Walliams. In this episode we’re asking the question facing publishers around the world: how do you keep a lucrative cultural asset from getting cancelled?