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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 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

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

The Enormous Crocodile is hungry and ready to use cunning plans and clever tricks to snap up a snack. Just be careful that he doesn't snap up . . . YOU! A finger puppet book that really bites, this is a laugh-out-loud book for adults and chiddlers to read together

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Roald Dahl: Revolting Things to Touch and Feel

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

What does a giant's foot feel like? How about a rotten egg, or a bumpy crocodile? Find out in this book that's full of the most REVOLTING things to touch and feel!

How To Avoid Witches

How To Avoid Witches

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Inspired by Roald Dahl's spine-tingling story The Witches, we present the ultimate guide to witch-spotting, stuffed with fun activities, stories, jokes and more! **BRAND NEW FEATURE FILM COMING TO CINEMAS IN 2020, STARRING ANNE HATHAWAY, OCTAVIA SPENCER, CHRIS ROCK AND STANLEY TUCCI** Witches are hiding everywhere in plain sight and want to rid the world of smelly children like YOU! 'For all you know, a witch might be living next door to you right now . . .' It's tricky to spot them because they look so ORDINARY. They have ORDINARY jobs, live in ORDINARY houses and wear ORDINARY clothes. That's what makes them so hard to catch . . . This book is the ultimate guide to bringing down witch-kind, packed with activities, extracts from the original story, games and bonus material.

The World of Roald Dahl

The World of Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Welcome to the wondercrump world of all things Roald Dahl, filled with fantastic facts, exciting extras, quirky quizzes and much more! Join Roald Dahl's best-loved characters for a bumper book of... *Marvellous extra material *Fantastic quizzes *Curious characters *Amazing activities *Funny factfiles *. . . and much more! The perfect companion to the iconic world of Roald Dahl's stories, fun for young and old!

The Witches: The Graphic Novel

The Witches: The Graphic Novel

Author: Roald Dahl, Penelope Bagieu Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Roald Dahl's darkly funny masterpiece, The Witches, now available as a graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning artist Penelope Bagieu! Witches are real, and they are very, very dangerous. They wear ordinary clothes and have ordinary jobs, living in ordinary towns all across the world - and there's nothing they despise more than children. When an eight-year-old boy and his grandmother come face-to-face with the Grand High Witch herself, they may be the only ones who can stop the witches' latest plot to stamp out every last child in the country! This full-colour graphic novel edition of Roald Dahl's The Witches, adapted and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Penelope Bagieu, is the first-ever Dahl story to appear in this format. Graphic novel readers and Roald Dahl fans alike will relish this dynamic new take on a uniquely funny tale.

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2020

Roald Dahl: Shapes

Roald Dahl: Shapes

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2020

Spot the shapes with Roald Dahl and the Enormous Crocodile! What shapes can you see? There's: A big round sun A whirling, swirling kite And sharp, pointy teeth! Busy little hands can lift the flaps to discover the shapes with iconic illustrations of Dahl's much loved characters from the one and only, Quentin Blake. More marvellous books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123 Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Words My Dad is Fantastic

Roald Dahl: Words A Lift-the-Flap Book

Roald Dahl: Words A Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2020

Discover marvellous and revolting first words with Roald Dahl! There are an ENORMOUS amount of words to learn in this brightly colourful board book, including: Cake Books Bugs Crocodiles With fantastic illustrations from Quentin Blake, this is the perfect book for little ones to discover the wonderful world of Dahl. More marvellous books for titchy toddlers: Roald Dahl's Opposites Roald Dahl's 123 Roald Dahl's Colours Roald Dahl's ABC Roald Dahl's Words My Dad is Fantastic

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