The Real Roald Dahl (ePub)
As featured in the Mail On Sunday, 11/11/18: The curse of Roald Dahl.
As featured by The Bookseller on 17/8/18
Although his hilariously entertaining stories have touched the hearts of generations of children, there was much more to beloved author Roald Dahl than met the eye.
His fascinating life began in Norway in 1916, and he became a highly rebellious teenager who delighted in defying authority before joining the RAF as a fighter pilot. But after his plane crashed in the African desert he was left with agonising injuries and unable to fly.
He was dispatched to New York where, as a dashing young air attache, he enraptured societies greatest beauties and became friends with President Roosevelt. Roald soon found himself entangled with a highly complex network of British undercover operations. Eventually he grew tired of the secrecy of spying and retreated to the English countryside.
He married twice and had five children, but his life was also affected by serious illness, tragedy and loss.
He wrote a number of stories for adults, many of which were televised as the hugely popular Tales of the Unexpected, but it was as a children’s author that he found greatest fame and satisfaction, saying “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers…Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”
From 1945 until his death in 1990, he lived in Buckinghamshire, where he wrote his most celebrated children’s books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox.
The Real Roald Dahl shares so much of Dahl’s life that fans of his work definitely need to read this. It provides a great deal of insight into the author’s life and how it related back to his stories. This book is a joy to read and Cohen crafts a perfect history of the author, showing both his highs and lows.The Nerdy Girl Express
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As featured inThe Bookseller 26/4/19
One of the world’s best-loved children’s authors is showcased in this brilliant book by Nadia Cohen, who wrote the equally fascinating The Real Enid Blyton a couple of years ago. Fantastic stuff!Books Monthly
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As featured byEvergreen, April 2019
According to this new biography, there was much more to bestselling children's author and former RAF fighter pilot Roald Dahl than met the eye.RAF News
As featured inMail on Sunday 11/11/18
As featured inThe Bookseller 17/8/18
10th January 1981
George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl was first published on 10 January 1981.
14th January 1982
The BFG by Roald Dahl was first published on 14 January 1982. Dahl dedicated this book to his first-born daughter Olivia, who died of measles at just 7 years old.