10 facts about Roald Dahl

10 facts about Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl at work
Roald Dahl at work
© Jan Baldwin
  1. He was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff. His parents were Norwegian.
  2. He did not start writing for children until he had children of his own
  3. He wrote all of his children's stories in a small hut at the bottom of his garden
  4. He was a Hurricane fighter pilot during World War II
  5. He had two steel hips and six operations on his spine
  6. He wrote the screenplays for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Bond movie You Only Live Twice
  7. He originally wrote short stories for adults which were later published as Tales of the Unexpected
  8. He loved chocolate, but not chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream
  9. He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper
  10. He died on 23 November 1990 and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Great Missenden

Vist the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, it's a great family day out.

Matilda's library


Read all your favourite Dahl books in Matilda's library in the Gallery.

  • 1943  The Gremlins (never reprinted).
  • 1961  James and the Giant Peach
  • 1964  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • 1966  The Magic Finger
  • 1970  Fantastic Mr Fox
  • 1972  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • 1975  Danny, the Champion of the World
  • 1977  The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
  • 1978  The Enormous Crocodile (first book illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • 1980  The Twits
  • 1981  George's Marvellous Medicine
  • 1982  The BFG
  • 1982  Revolting Rhymes
  • 1983  Dirty Beasts
  • 1983  The Witches
  • 1984  Boy, Tales of Childhood (autobiographical)
  • 1985  The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  • 1986  Going Solo (autobiographical)
  • 1988  Matilda
  • 1989  Rhyme Stew
  • 1990  Esio Trot
  • 1991  The Vicar of Nibbleswicke*
  • 1991  The Minpins*
  • 1993  My Year*  

*published after Dahl's death

Some interesting further reading is the book Roald Dahl, a Biography, by Chris Powling.