London: Jonathan Cape, 1988
8vo, first edition, original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, head and foot of spine very slightly bumped, extremities of dust-jacket very slightly frayed
Extra-illustrated by Quentin Blake with eight pen and ink vignettes on front free endpaper (entitled 'The Reader of Books'), signed and dated 'Quentin Blake 25.2.2013' and single pen and ink drawing of Miss Trunchbull on rear free endpaper, initialled and dated 'QB 25.2.2013'
The delightful story of a remarkable five-year-old girl, marooned in the wrong family, and bullied by her sadistic Headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Matilda, courageous and gifted, prevails, and finds the happiness she deserves when she is fostered by the kindly Miss Honey, after her parents do a bunk for Australia. Superbly illustrated by Quentin Blake.
A musical version of the novel, Matilda: A Musical, written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin and commissioned by the RSC, premiered in November 2010.