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Roald Dahl

Dahl gifted readers some of literature’s most abiding and wonderful characters, from the lovable dream-whispering, word-mangling giant, the BFG, to magical Matilda, chocolate-maker extraordinaire Willy Wonka and many more. Endlessly inventive and laugh-out- loud funny, Dahl’s stories reinvent the world for every new generation. They are rightly ranked among the greatest classics of children’s fiction, stories that celebrate kindness, bravery and hope. Oh and whizzpopping.

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The Witches
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James and the Giant Peach
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The BFG
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Matilda
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The Twits
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Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)
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Danny the Champion of the World
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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Esio Trot
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The Enormous Crocodile
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
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Boy
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Billy lives in a quiet house on the edge of a great, creeping forest full of secrets. His mother warns him to steer clear, telling fearsome stories about the terrible things that live there; things like Snozzwanglers and Hornswogglers and worst of all “the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler”. But one day Billy can’t help but go looking for the magic that calls to him from inside…
From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Originally published in 1991 with illustrations by Patrick Benson, Billy and the Minpins is the culmination of a lifelong collaboration and this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story, is as magical as any Dahl ever envisaged.
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The BFG (Colour Edition & CD)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Colour Edition)
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Dirty Beasts
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The Enormous Crocodile (Colour Edition)
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Esio Trot (Colour Edition)
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George's Marvellous Medicine (Colour Edn)
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The Magic Finger
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Matilda (Colour Edition)
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Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)
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The Twits (Colour Edition)
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Roald Dahl Autobiographies

Boy
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Going Solo
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Boy and Going Solo
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More About Boy
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The BFG
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Boy
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Boy
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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Danny the Champion of the World
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The Enormous Crocodile
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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Going Solo
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James and the Giant Peach
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The Magic Finger and The Minpins
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Matilda
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Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
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Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)
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The Twits
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The Witches
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Hardback Editions

The BFG
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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Danny the Champion of the World
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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James and the Giant Peach
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Matilda
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The Twits
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The Witches
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Dahl After Dark - Roald Dahl's Adult Fiction

The stories that make up this new, four-volume set from Penguin Books are not written by the Roald Dahl who could by turn spin wonder and adventure in the minds of the world’s children: this is the other Dahl, the author who took on form of the short twist in the tale and made it into art. This is Dahl after Dark.

Deception
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Madness
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Cruelty
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Lust
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Gift Editions and Anthologies

The BFG - Waterstones exclusive edition
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Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection
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Roald Dahl's Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
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The Roald Dahl Centenary Boxed Set
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
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Songs and Verse
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Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
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Roald Dahls Heroes and Villains
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Roald Dahl Treasury,The
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Roald Dahl 100 Phizz-Whizzing Postcards
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Roald Dahl Stationery

Roald Dahl A5 Journal
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Roald Dahl Three Delumptious Exercise Books
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Roald Dahl Squibbling Pen
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Roald Dahl Colouring Pencils In Tube
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Roald Dahl Pencil Case
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Roald Dahl 100 Phizz-Whizzing Postcards
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Roald Dahl Cuddly Toys

Willy Wonka Soft Toy
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Matilda Soft Toy
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BFG Small Plush
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Roald Dahl Games

Roald Dahl Amazing But True Trivia Quiz
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Roald Dahl Whiz Banger Mental Maths Game
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The BFG Spelling Games
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Roald Dahl Splendiferous Spelling Games
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Biography


Boy

Born to Norwegian parents in 1916, Dahl was brought up in Llandaff in Wales. Dahl’s own father (who Dahl remembered as a 7ft giant) died of pneumonia in 1920, leaving him and his sisters to be brought up by their mother Sofie. Dahl (known simply as ‘boy’ to his mother) wrote to Sofie throughout his life, testing out his writing talents in letters that are full of all the humour and natural storytelling talent he would come to show in his later novels. Dahl’s mother lovingly preserved every one of his letters, wrapped in bundles with green tape. The letters have been anthologised in the recently published collection Love from Boy.

Although he would later describe himself to the biographer Donald Sturrock as, "very English . . . very English indeed", Norwegian was Dahl’s first language and he and his sisters spent their summers with their mother in Norway. Here Dahl encountered Norwegian myths and legends and the echoes of those stories of trolls, giants and witches can be seen in his own fantastical creations.

Dahl was a famously mischievous boy –like many of the young characters in his books. Many of his childhood haunts and adventures made their way into his future writing, including his local sweetshop, run by the "mean and loathsome" Mrs Pratchett, where Dahl and his school-friends famously put a mouse in the gobstopper jar. This story and many like them appear in his memoirs, Boy and Going Solo.


From spy to storyteller

Dahl wasn’t a particularly keen scholar but he was a voracious reader and he particularly loved Dickens, Kipling and the adventure stories of Rider Haggard as well as English poetry and nonsense rhyme (in later life, appearing on BBC R4’s Desert Island Discs, Dahl chose to take an anthology of English verse as his book choice). Dahl’s love of creating new words and inventively descriptive names like the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, Bruce Bogtrotter or Augustus Gloop have their origins in Dickens’s own Wackford Squeers or Canon Crisparkle.

Dahl trained as an airline pilot in 1939 as war broke out, becoming a pilot officer and flying fighter aircraft. He was nearly killed in a crash in 1940 but survived and went on to serve as an intelligence officer for MI6 where he met Ian Flemming. It was his wartime years which inspired his first story ‘A Piece of Cake’ published in 1942, this was followed by a collection of stories, Over to You, published in 1946.


Later life

Over the next four decades Dahl went on to write prolifically for adults and children, including dark, macabre tales for adults, poetry, biography and writing for television - notably adapting the screenplay of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adding in the memorably terrifying villain, The Child Catcher). He didn’t start writing for children until he was in his forties, when one of his own children’s bedtime stories became James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961.

Famously tall, reaching 6ft 6inches in adulthood, Dahl wrote his books in a shed at the bottom of his garden which he had to crouch to enter. He wrote in what he described as his “nest”, sitting in his mother’s old armchair, his feet on a battered old trunk with a supply of ready-sharpened pencils at his elbow.

Dahl was married twice and has five children, including the author Tessa and the screenwriter Lucy. His granddaughter Sophie (who inspired the character of Sophie in The BFG) described how he was a magical storyteller and an unsurprising choc-o-holic who was buried with all his favourite chocolate bars around him – “just to keep him going 'til he got to heaven.”