Roald Dahl Books
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Roald Dahl is one of the most popular authors in the world - one of his books is sold every 2.6 seconds. He’s the genius behind beloved stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Matilda. He’s sold over 300 million copies of his novels and short story collections, translated into 63 languages, and they remain favourites for life.
Roald was born to Norwegian parents in Wales in 1916. In his early career, Roald was a spy, a fighter pilot, and even invented medical equipment. He was best known for his short stories before writing James and the Giant Peach in 1961. After this, he wrote the classic movies You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, both adapted from Ian Fleming novels, and many more brilliant children’s stories like The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Thirty years after his death in 1990, his stories are still being made into plays, movies, musicals and animation. In fact, in September 2021, Netflix bought the Roald Dahl Story Company, which owns Dahl’s estate, which shows how popular his stories still are.
Roald Dahl is best known as one of the UK’s most beloved children’s authors. His long books (The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox), short books (The Enormous Crocodile) and poetry (Revolting Rhymes) are funny, mischievous, and filled with joyfully inventive language. All of them have been illustrated by the iconic Quentin Blake, the first Children’s Laureate. His pictures really capture the spiky and subversive side of Roald’s work and have become inseparable from the books. We stock a 16 book collection of Roald Dahl’s classic children books, a box set of 16 Roald Dahl audiobooks and 7 plays adapted from Roald Dahl stories.
Roald Dahl is also well-regarded as a writer of macabre short stories for adults. Originally published in magazines including The New Yorker and Playboy, they’re best known from collections like Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You. They were adapted for the classic TV series Tales of the Unexpected. They’re available in eight beautifully designed themed collections.
Roald Dahl’s stories often follow a young child seeking revenge on evil adults and wrongdoers. He invented more than 500 memorable words and character names across his stories, such as Oompa-Loompa, scrumdiddlyumptious, snozzcumbers and frobscottle. Roald Dahl named his language Gobblefunk. The Oxford University Press even created a unique Roald Dahl Dictionary, which featured nearly 8000 words he used in his stories.
Many of Roald Dahl’s ideas were inspired by his childhood days and later experience. For example, in his autobiographical book Boy, Dahl says his school used to taste-test Cadbury’s chocolate. This led to the invention of the famous Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. He also wrote about his experiences in the war, including in the book Going Solo. These years also inspired the Gremlins. Pilots used to describe the malfunctions in their planes as little folkloric creatures causing havoc. These creatures made it into his first two novels, both published in the 40s, and an aborted Disney film.
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