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Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son.

He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire.

Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was “this business of remembering what it was like to be young”. Roald’s childhood and schooldays are the subject of his autobiography Boy.

Since Roald Dahl’s death, his books have more than maintained their popularity. Total sales of the UK editions are around 37 million, with more than 1 million copies sold every year! Sales have grown particularly strongly in America where Dahl books are now achieving the bestselling status that curiously proved elusive during the author’s lifetime.

If you like Roald Dahl you might also like to read books by Natalie Young and Terence Blacker.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
One of Hardeep Singh-Kohli's favourite books. Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda
Roald Dahl
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012. Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Matilda is determined to get...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2011
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
Someone Like You
Roald Dahl
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Collects such stories as: Taste , Lamb to the Slaughter , Man from the South , The Soldier , My Lady Love , My Dove , Dip in the Pool...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011

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