Roald Dahl

By: Lucas Briar

Early Life (1-18)

Roald Dahl was born on Sep. 13, 1916 in Wales to a Norwegian family. He moved around many times with his family. When he was two, his sister was born and he and his family moved to Radyr. Then only two years later, his father and his older sister died. In the next nine years, he moved twice and attended 3 schools. When he was eighteen, he began to work for the oil company, Shell.

Later Life (19-74)

In Nov. 1934, Roald joined the Royal Air Force right after WWII started. He remained in the RAF for three years, traveling to Libya, Athens, and Britain. He had survived one plane crash but had to leave the RAF because he was suffering from severe headaches from the crash. In 1942, Dahl began his writing journey and published three books in six years. Then on July 2, 1953 Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal at the age of 37. After a year of being married they move to Great Missenden together. After that in 1954 their first daughter Olivia was born. Two years later, their second daughter Tessa was born and his stories were now appearing on the show, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." The 1960s was one of Roald Dahl's best decades, publishing James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also had his third daughter, Ophelia. Sadly in 1967, his mother died. In the 1970s, he published 6 books, and the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie version was released. With the birth of three grandchildren, and the publications of books like The BFG and Matilda, the 1980s was definitely a great decade also for Roald Dahl. On November 23, 1990 Roald Dahl died at the age of 74.

"The Landlady" by Roald Dahl

In the short story, "The Landlady" a young boy named Billy Weaver is in need for a place to stay for the night. He spotted a bed and breakfast that caught his eye. When he walks in, a quirky landlady greets him and he notices how cozy it looks. Once she showed him to his room she tells him to sign the guest book before he goes to bed. Later that night he goes down to the ground floor to sign it. When he looks at the last person who stayed there, the entry said it was made two years ago..... This is a great and mysterious short story. Find out what happens and read "The Landlady!"
The Landlady (by Roald Dahl) - Radioplay Adaptation