By. Max Roop


Roald Dahl one of the best known authors was born in Llandaff, South Wales, United Kingdom on September 13th, 1916. When he was around the age of two (1918) his sister Else Dahl was born and the family made their way to Radyr, United Kingdom. In 1920 both his father and sister Astri Dahl die. Astri died from an infection while his father died from pneumonia. This is just the beginning of tragic deaths in his family. However, there is always light at the end of a tunnel and his sister Asta was born later that year. In 1921 Roald and his family move back to Llandaff. At Llandaff he attends a local Llandaff Cathedral School. In 1925 at the age of 9 Roald Dahl begins his schooling at St.Peter's, Weston Super Mare. In 1929 at the age of 13 he moves to Repton where he spends the rest of his schooldays. In 1934 at the age of 18 he starts his work for Shell Oil. Roald Dahl was not fond of School and hated the strict rules and mean teachers. This hatred is some of the results of some of his scarier books. This is Roald Dahl's childhood and early life.
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In 1938 Roald travels to to Dar es Salaam to work for Shell Oil. However in November of 1939 following the explosion of World War 2 Dahl joins the Royal Air Force or the RAF. In 1940 Roald is posted to Libya and is involved in a crash. In April 1941 Roald rejoins his RAF squadron in Athens, Greece. In July, 1941 Roald would see him return back to Britain. From April to August of 1942 Roald is posted in Washington for RAF and this is where he completes his first piece of writing. From December 1942 to April 1943 he begins work on the Gremlins that would be published in April of 1943. In 1946 he starts to get into the groove of writing and his first short story collection is published as he also moves back to the UK. As of 1951 Roald meets his future wife, an American Actress named Patricia Neal. On July 2nd, 1953 Roald Dahl at the age of 37 marries his beloved wife Patricia Neal in New York. In July 1954 him and his wife buy a Little Whitefield Cottage in Great Missenden. In 1955 surely one of Roald Dahl's proudest piece, his daughter Olivia is born. Followed up 2 years later Roald Dahl's daughter Tessa is born. Followed up by another 3 more years his son Theo is born. Sadly, one of his most tragic moments however is when his 7 year old eldest daughter Olivia dies from measles. 3 years later his wife suffers from several strokes in LA. From then on his life is not as dramatic till his death on November 23rd, 1990 a date that reminds us of a phenomenal man.
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1. Roald Dahl wrote many of his works in his garden sitting on a beaten up chair.

2. He wrote everyday from 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm.

3. Roald Dahl has created around 250 words many of them in the BFG.

4. James and the Giant Peach was going to be called James and the Giant Cherry.

5. Roald Dahl usually based his characters of real people he met.


Roald Dahl became a writer because while in Washington D.C. while he stationed there for RAF the Royal Air Force he met author C.S. Forrester who encouraged him to start his writing career. As he kept writing his works became more and more fantastic and less realistic. After the Gremlins he started writing macabre and horror books meant for adults. But would come back to fun kids books when his kids started being born.
Roald Dahl: From Books To Film


James and the Giant Peach takes place in the English Countryside where James the main character and boy has to live with his two aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker after a rhinoceros killed his parents. One day a mysterious man hands him a bag with mysterious green crystals. However, James fall and spills all the crystals near a no longer producing peach tree. James notices a peach starts to grow. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. His aunts notice it too and start letting people pay to look at the abnormally huge peach. As abusive aunts would after the viewing is over and the aunts run back into the house with all their money they unlock James from his quarters and make him clean up all the mess the visitors created. One day he notices he can crawl inside and so he does which is just the start of this great and amazing read. This book is filled with questions. Like Whats inside the peach? What will he do? The story is spectacular, the characters are even better and it is a great read. The suspense is fun and amazing read this book, you must.