01/10/2018 10:16 BST | Updated 01/10/2018 12:01 BST

Roald Dahl’s Matilda Squares Up To Donald Trump In 30th Anniversary Statues

'Many clearly see in him some similar traits to the fictional headmistress Miss Trunchbull.'

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A statue of Roald Dahl's Matilda is unveiled in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, alongside one of President Donald Trump, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Matilda the novel

A statue of Donald Trump being stared down by Roald Dahl’s beloved character Matilda has been unveiled near the author’s former home in Buckinghamshire.

The statue, which depicts Matilda Wormwood looking defiant with hands on hips in the face of the US president, have been installed to mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of children’s book.

The idea came from a public survey by The Roald Dahl Story Company, which sought to find out what people think Matilda would be doing if she was alive today and in her thirties – with 42% of people agreeing that President Trump was the person she would be standing up to.

In the novel, Matilda famously stands up to her cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull. 

Bernie Hall, from The Roald Dahl Story Company, said: “Matilda demonstrates that it’s possible for anyone, no matter how small and powerless they feel, to defeat the Trunchbulls in their own lives — a message that feels more relevant today than it did 30-years-ago.”

The statues stand in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, the town where the late author lived for 36 years.

Lexicographer and Matilda fan Susie Dent said: “It’s not surprising to hear that Donald Trump has been voted the figure she would be most likely to stand up to in 2018 — many clearly see in him some similar traits to the fictional headmistress Miss Trunchbull.”

Of those polled, 42% thought Trump would be Matilda’s most likely modern-day nemesis, with other popular suggestions for who she would be standing up to today including Theresa May (21%) and Piers Morgan (16%).

The statues will be available to be viewed at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for a few weeks.

The public also voted for who they think Matilda would be friends with and actress Emma Watson (24%), Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (14%) and musician Ed Sheeran (9%) were the most popular picks.

The most plausible career choices for Matilda are school teacher (24%), UN ambassador (12%) or librarian (11%), according to the poll.

The original illustrator of the book, Sir Quentin Blake, has produced several new drawings depicting Matilda in her thirties that will be published in a special anniversary edition of the book.