Roald Dahl

By: Nicole Briar

Roald's Early Life

Roald Dahl was born on Llandaff, Wales on September 13th 1916. He had 5 siblings and his mother had to raise all six on her own. In February of 1920 Roald's sister, Astri dies. Soon after Roald's father dies. In 1929 Roald moves to Repton where he spends the rest of his school days.

1930's to 1940's

In 1934 Roald begins to work for Shell Oil, he soon travels to Dar-es-Salaam to continue working for Shell. In 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force or the RAF. In 1940 unfortunately Roald get into a plane crash, he gets hurt but survives. He joins the RAF again in Athens, Greece. In 1941 he returns to Britain. In 1942-43 he begins working on The Gremlins, it was published in April 1943. His first short story collection was published in 1946 and his first dystopian adult novel Some Time Never was published in 1948.

Later Life

In 1951 Roald meets the actor Patricia Neal and they soon get married. In 1955 he has his first child, Olivia. Then in 1957 his second daughter is born, Tessa. His son Theo was born in 1960, a year later the famous kids book James and the Giant Peach was published. In 1962 Roald's eldest daughter dies. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964 and The Magic Finger was published 2 years later. In 1971 the movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released. In 1981 Roald and Patricia separate soon after in 1986 Roald turned 70!! Sadly on November 23, 1990 Roald dies. In 1996 James and the Giant Peach was turned into a movie and released. On September 13th it is Roald Dahl Day, so go celebrate!


The BFG by Roald Dahl is such an amazing book. Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant), who she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities, and whisked away to Giant Country. She is soon surprised, as she learns that B.F.G.'s job is to collect, catalogue and deliver pleasant dreams to children. She joins him that night, but the mean giants follow them, planning to eat the children. Sophie wants the help of the Queen, by making up a dream for her, and with the backing of the armed forces, they defeat the mean giants. This is a good book and I would definiteley recommend reading it!
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