Five Fun Facts about Roald Dahl

By: Nicola
Posted: 22nd February 2021
Categories: Books, Five Facts

Roald Dahl: undoubtedly one of the most influential, memorable writers of the Twentieth Century. He had a special talent for understanding a child’s perspective (one of the reasons I loved him). However, Dahl did not sugar-coat his stories or characters; there is plenty of nastiness to be found in his works. But you already know that, so here are five fun facts about Roald Dahl:

  1. He used to write for four hours every day in his garden shed, using HB pencils and paper.
  2. Roald Dahl fought for Britain during WWII. He flew a fighter plane for the Royal Air Force but crashed in the Western desert of North Africa. He was also recruited as a spy for MI6.
  3. He wrote his first children’s story, The Gremlins in 1943. This was about naughty little creatures who wreaked havoc on aircraft engines. No need to say which 1984 Speilberg film the story inspired…
  4. Dahl also wrote several books for adults, including: Madness, Trickery, War, Lust, Fear, Deception, Innocence and Cruelty. These short story collections explore the hidden desires of human nature.
  5. When Roald Dahl was boy, Cadbury’s used to trial-run their new chocolate bars at his school! Dahl would imagine inventing a new chocolate bar, and dreamed of earning praise from Mr. Cadbury. And there we can spy the seeds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

If you want to re-live your childhood; buy books for your own kids or just try something different, we have a few used English books by Roald Dahl here at William Shakesbeer. Choose from: Boy, Matilda and Danny Champion of the World.