Roald Dahl's Life in Stories

You probably know Roald Dahl as the author of The BFG, The Witches and The Twits. He spent his whole life writing strange and wonderful stories. But what else was totally strange and wonderful? His life! War hero. Fighter pilot. Inventor. Spy. Roald Dahl kept himself pretty busy when he wasn’t pushing ink around a page. Let’s see: he collected secret intelligence during the war. He married a top Hollywood film star. He even invented a new medical device that saved sick children’s lives. Read about his life – and thank your lucky stars he ever found time to write his fantastic books at all!

  • A lively, entertaining romp through Dahl’s life story
  • Hilarious cartoon pictures by illustrator Clive Goddard
  • Andrew Donkin has written several Horribly Famous books
  • Exciting, fact-filled fun to delight Dahl fans old and new

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  • Andrew Donkin

    Andrew Donkin has written Roald Dahl and Shakespeare in the Dead Famous series. He lives in London.

  • Awards

    Winner of the Stockport Schools Book Award for Fintan Fedora.

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