Someone Like You (short story collection)

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

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


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


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]



  1. ^ "Someone Like You".
  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

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