The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

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Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and a damn fine story.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 234g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747590583
  • 9780747590583
  • 80,674

Review quote

'A swash-buckling comic fantasy fairytale adventure my favourite book in all the world' Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Books
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About William Goldman

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for over forty-five years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men) and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. He lives in New York City.
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Rating details

659,756 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 51% (339,075)
4 30% (196,676)
3 14% (89,443)
2 3% (21,699)
1 2% (12,863)

Our customer reviews

On one of our early dates my husband introduced me to the movie 'The Princess Bride' and it was love at first sight. We recently brought it again for our children who are 5 and 7 who can't see it often enough. We then brought the book which is better than the movie, even. A fast paced, funny, romantic tale with everything you could want from an adventure story and more. The characters are larger than life and easy to like and believe in and the whole thing is a bundle of fun. We read it as a family at bedtime and my kids happily, quickly get ready for bed so we can read (if you are a parent you will understand the magnitude of this sentence) It is that good. We love the back story of all the characters that is enlarging our view of their World. The language is a delight and it works well as a read aloud book as well as a read to yourself book. It is full of humour and some of the characters have the same words as the movies, which the children think is magical. The one thing they didn't like was that it is sharks instead of shrieking eels in the book and they feel that the movie should have been true to the book. As you wish has become a much used phrase around more
by Mrs G C Baldock
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