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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. 

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Featured Books, with extracts by Roald Dahl


Esio Trot
Esio Trot
Roald Dahl
There’s trickery afoot in this touching and brief story. Mr Hoppy loves his garden and he (secretly) loves Mrs Silver. Mrs Silver is oblivious of what Mr Hoppy feels and she gives all of her love to her tortoise! Mr...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Matilda
Matilda
Roald Dahl
Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - is an unbelievable 25 years old yet it's as fresh, funny and poignant as when it was first published in 1988. The story of a child genius, it has been adapted into film...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem
Roald Dahl
All you'll ever need to make Mischief and Mayhem with extracts from Roald Dahl's best loved books including Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG and pages...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Witches
The Witches
Roald Dahl
The Witches was first published in 1983 and is repackaged here for the 30th Anniversary.  As with many of Dahl's works it is wonderfully illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake.  A young boy and his grandmother uncover a plot by The...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Audio Books | Bookshelf Essentials | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2012
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James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of ageing and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics. From the moment...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2011
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Danny, The Champion Of The World
Danny, The Champion Of The World
Roald Dahl
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. All of Dahl’s books are great, but this one stands out for two reasons: 1. the poaching plans, and the poaching itself, are brilliantly precise and an invitation to the reader to choose poaching...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2010
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Modern Classics)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Modern Classics)
Roald Dahl
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1970 - 1979 A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2010
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Spotty Powder and Other Splendiferous Secrets: A Pocket Money Puffin
Spotty Powder and Other Splendiferous Secrets: A Pocket Money Puffin
Roald Dahl
Best loved author Roald Dahl provides a treasure trove of quirky and delicious stories and scenes of make-believe taken from his bestselling books. Dahl himself loved secrets and so the uncovering of snippets of facts about him such as his...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2010
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Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes
Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes
Roald Dahl
A feast of fabulous recipes drawn from Roald Dahl’s best selling stories. Fans of Matilda will love the deliciously chocolatey recipe for Billy Bogtrotter’s Cake. And George’s Marvellous Medicine Chicken Soup will slip down a treat while Boggis’s Chicken which...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2009
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Fantastic Mr Fox (Film Edition)
Fantastic Mr Fox (Film Edition)
Roald Dahl
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 and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin Blake that complement...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
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Fantastic Mr Fox (Picture Storybook)
Fantastic Mr Fox (Picture Storybook)
Roald Dahl
To coincide with the film release in the third week of October 2009, this delightful picture storybook complete with animated imagery from the film is published complete with an audio CD.  Roald Dahl’s wonderful story of three horrible farmers getting...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
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Revolting Rhymes
Revolting Rhymes
Roald Dahl
Age 6+ A brilliant collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales.
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2008
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Songs And Verse
Songs And Verse
Roald Dahl
Full of wit, daring and surprise, Roald Dahl’s rhymes offer a feast of magical moments. This new edition includes some previously unpublished verses as well as wonderful new illustrations. Click here to see our Favourite Top 10 Dahl Books
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2007
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Dahlmanac
Dahlmanac
Roald Dahl
If you're a fan of Roald Dahl's books then this is an absolute must and a treat in store awaits you.  It's the perfect book to remind you of one of your favourite authors each and every day.  If by...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2007
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The BFG
The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2007
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George's Marvellous Medicine
George's Marvellous Medicine
Roald Dahl
Young George mixes a medicine to make his nasty grandmother more likable, and once she drinks it she grows to immense proportions. George's father wants the formula to breed a race of super-size livestock, but George can't duplicate the recipe....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2007
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Esio Trot
Esio Trot
Roald Dahl
Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor, harbours a secret passion for the attractive widow Mrs Silver. Unfortunately she lavishes all her affection on another - Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr Hoppy's plot to defeat his rival and win the love of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2003
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl
Divided into four themed sections - Animals; Magic; Family, Friends and Foes; and, Matters of Importance, this collection of extracts, poems, letters and memoirs introduces some of the author's characters from Willy Wonka to the BFG, from the Witches to...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2003
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Matilda
Matilda
Roald Dahl
Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - is an unbelievable 25 years old yet it's as fresh, funny and poignant as when it was first published in 1988. The story of a child genius, it has been adapted into film...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Audio Books | Bookshelf Essentials | eBooks
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 06/03/2003
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/04/2001
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Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
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 and white illustrations by the...
Featured in: 5+ readers | Audio Books | Bookshelf Essentials | eBooks
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/04/2001
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Collected Short Stories Of Roald Dahl, Omnibus Volume
Collected Short Stories Of Roald Dahl, Omnibus Volume
Roald Dahl
Forget what you thought about Roald Dahl from the BFG, The Twits and Matilda. Here is a collection of some his most intriguing, dark, macabre, yet always entertaining short stories aimed for the older teen. Dahl manages to inject black...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/10/1992
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Danny the Champion of the World
Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl
Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Audio Books | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
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