Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a British-Norwegian writer of very funny and sometimes grisly children’s books. During World War Two he was a fighter pilot, an experience he wrote about in his memoir, Going Solo. Our interview about Roald Dahl is with Tilly Burn, the Archive and Collections Assistant at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, the village where he lived for 36 years. “Roald Dahl started his life as an author by writing macabre short stories,” she told us. “That’s what made him famous first of all and he never lost those gruesome roots throughout all of his children’s books.”
Roald Dahl’s books are some of the funniest kids’ books to read to young children (up to age 12 or so) or listen to as audiobooks on car journeys, as they appeal to kids and adults alike. We’ve listed some of his books below, with comments from our interviews:
(NB If you’re looking for an adult book by Roald Dahl his short story about a fraudulent wine taster was recommended as one of the best books about wine by California winemaker Randall Grahm).
Books by Roald Dahl
Interviews where books by Roald Dahl were recommended
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