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Roald Dahl - Author

About the Author

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. 

Featured books by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World

7+ readers

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father. Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how to fix bits of car, reads him bedtime stories and introduces him to the wonders of nature. One night, Danny discovers his father has a secret. He is a brilliant poacher and he is determined to outwit the local gamekeepers. How Danny helps his father carry out his most daring plan of all without being caught is a thrilling read and a triumph for father and son.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

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 a golden ticket. However each child gets their comeuppance in some way, except Charlie of course. Brilliant.

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Other books by Roald Dahl

Matilda Film Tie-in

Matilda Film Tie-in

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2022

*Read it before you see the incredible musical film - hitting cinemas in October* 'A true genius - Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: you are not alone. Matilda is a brilliant child with a magical mind. Her parents have decided she is a waste of space. And her headmistress Miss Trunchball is a terrible bully, who thinks children are rotten and awful and should be locked up. But it's time for Matilda to find the power to change her story, and show them just how extraordinary children can be . . .

Roald Dahl: Disgusterous Noisy Sound Book

Roald Dahl: Disgusterous Noisy Sound Book

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Board book Release Date: 06/10/2022

What's that horrible sound? Press the buttons and listen out for some truly disgusterous noises, from fizzing whizzpoppers to crunching crocodiles . . . With iconic illustrations from Quentin Blake, this sturdy, colourful noisy sound book is the perfect way to introduce the youngest chiddlers to the world of Roald Dahl. Look out for more marvellous board books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl: Words Roald Dahl: Shapes Roald Dahl: Colours Roald Dahl: ABC Roald Dahl: 123 Roald Dahl: Opposites Roald Dahl: Animal Sounds

Roald Dahl: Trick or Treat A lift-the-flap book

Roald Dahl: Trick or Treat A lift-the-flap book

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Board book Release Date: 22/09/2022

Dare you play a halloween game? Look under each flap to find a gloriumptious treat or a disgusterous trick! Will you find a stinky snozzcumber or a pile of scrumptious sweets? This sturdy board book, full of flaps, is perfect to introduce chiddlers to the fun of Halloween! Look out for more marvellous board books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl: Words Roald Dahl: Shapes Roald Dahl: Colours Roald Dahl: ABC Roald Dahl: 123 Roald Dahl: Opposites Roald Dahl: Animal Sounds Roald Dahl: Lift-the-flap Hide and Seek

Roald Dahl: First 100 Words

Roald Dahl: First 100 Words

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Board book Release Date: 15/09/2022

Have fun learning first words with your favourite Dahl characters in this big, bold board book! Chiddlers will have splendiferous fun learning their first words with the help of this sturdy, colourful board book. Look under the flaps to find your favourite characters and some extra gobblefunking words invented by Roald Dahl himself! Look out for more marvellous board books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl: Words Roald Dahl: Shapes Roald Dahl: Colours Roald Dahl: ABC Roald Dahl: 123 Roald Dahl: Opposites Roald Dahl: Animal Sounds Roald Dahl: Lift-the-flap Hide and Seek Roald Dahl: Trick or Treat

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2022

A brand-new phizzwhizzing novelty edition! Irresistible fuzzy stickers to bring the Peach to life. Includes phizz-whizzing fuzzy stickers! James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled, and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and grow and GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their giant peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out.

The Witches

The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/07/2022

Brought to you by Penguin. Presenting a giganticus new reading of Roald Dahl's The Witches, read by the hugely talented comedian Lolly Adefope. This immersive audiobook is bursting with ree-volting sound effects, dynamic sound design, and original music composed by Rusty Bradshaw. This is a story about REAL WITCHES. Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, have ordinary jobs and look very much like ordinary people. But they are far from ORDINARY . . . The Grand High Witch, leader of all the witches, has a plan to make each and every child disappear. That is, unless one boy and his grandmother can stop her . . . Listen to The Witches and other fantastical Roald Dahl audiobooks including: George's Marvellous Medicine, read by Romesh Ranganathan. James and the Giant Peach, read by James Acaster. Matilda, read by Kate Winslet. The BFG, read by David Walliams. The Twits, read by Richard Ayoade. (c) The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd, 1983 (P) 2022 Penguin Audio

George's Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/07/2022

Brought to you by Penguin. Presenting a mischievous new reading of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, read by BAFTA-winning comedian Romesh Ranganathan. This immersive audiobook is bursting with phizzwhizzing sound effects, dynamic sound design, and original music composed by Rusty Bradshaw. George Kranky's grandma is a grouch. She's always mean to George (and not much nicer to his parents either). She just LOVES being mean and miserable! Once when George is put in charge of giving Grandma her medicine, he wonders if he could come up with his own remedy to try and help her become less of a grump. So, using some rather unusual ingredients, George creates his magic medicine*. But will it stop his grandma from being so horrible . . . or will it blow the top of her head off?! *WARNING: Do NOT try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It's likely to be dangerous. Listen to George's Marvellous Medicine and other fantastical Roald Dahl audiobooks, including: James and the Giant Peach, read by James Acaster. Matilda, read by Kate Winslet. The BFG, read by David Walliams. The Twits, read by Richard Ayoade. The Witches, read by Lolly Adefope. (c) The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd, 1981 (P) 2022 Penguin Audio

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2022

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Gold Ticket from Mr Willy Wonka! Tremendous things are in store for you! Charlie Bucket's life is about to change forever, thanks to one miraculous moment! Willy Wonka, chocolate maker extraordinaire, has hidden five golden tickets in five ordinary bars of chocolate, and any child who finds one will get the chance to visit his incredible factory. And Charlie has found one . . . But so have . . . Augustus Gloop - a glutton for chocolate Veruca Salt - a spoiled and selfish brat Violet Beauregarde - a repulsive gum-chewer Mike Teavee - a television fiend With a chocolate river, delectable confectionery and mysterious Oompa Loompas, Mr Wonka's factory is the most wondrous place Charlie has ever seen.

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