Lost Chapter Of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Published For The First Time

01/09/2014 12:00 | Updated 20 May 2015

Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published for first time

A 'lost' chapter of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been published for the first time.

The unseen chapter was discovered in the draft of Roald Dahl's classic, which tells of a young boy called Charlie Bucket who is granted privileged access to a magical chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka.

The lost fifth chapter concerns an extra room in the factory called the Vanilla Fudge Room, where Timmy Troutbeck and Wilbur Price – characters cut from the finished version – meet their grisly ends when they ride railway wagons carrying fudge to The Pounding and Cutting Room.

The chapter reads: "In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge."

Charlie Bucket is accompanied by his mother – not his grandfather Grandpa Joe – in the chapter, which also features a large cast of characters. In this draft 10 children won golden tickets to enter the factory, with nine given grisly punishments.

Workers rather than Oompa Loompas also feature, singing: "Eight little children, such charming little chicks. But two of them said 'Nuts to you', and then there were six."

The discovery coincides with the release of a new book about the Roald Dahl classic by Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan called Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory.

Ms Mangan told The Guardian about the early draft's chapters: "Reading them now is like watching a familiar landscape slowly emerge out of the mist, or the coloured chips of glass in a kaleidoscope before a final turn of the lens aligns them in the proper pattern.

"What we think of as the 'real' Dahl is there, moving underneath the story like a shark but only occasionally breaking the surface to show his grinning teeth."

The early draft has a number of differences to the published version such as name changes and additional characters.

Roald Dahl's book, released in the UK in 1967, has sold an estimated 50 million copies in Britain and is currently available in 59 languages.

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