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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A joyous collection of brand new stories inspired by the late giant of British children’s fiction, Dahl’s beloved characters delight the readers again courtesy of Greg James, Adam Kay and Konnie Huq.
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Written by the beloved author of Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids and based on the screenplay of the Hollywood movie, Wonka tells the captivating origin story of the iconic confectionery magnate featured in Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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A star-studded cast of authors including Pamela Butchart, Hannah Gold and Nadia Shireen deliver twelve brand new stories inspired by the great Roald Dahl's evergreen characters in this delicious collection full of festive cheer.
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Quentin Blake Paperback Editions

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Matilda
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The Twits
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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The BFG
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The Witches
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James and the Giant Peach
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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The Enormous Crocodile
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The Magic Finger
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
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Danny the Champion of the World
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Esio Trot
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Revolting Rhymes
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Dirty Beasts
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Boy
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Boy
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Dirty Beasts
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The Enormous Crocodile (Colour Edition)
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The Magic Finger
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Matilda (Colour Edition)
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The Twits (Colour Edition)
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The Witches (Colour Edition)
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The BFG (Colour Edition & CD)
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Early Learning with Roald Dahl

Where's Wonka?: A Search-and-Find Book
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The Enormous Crocodile's Finger Puppet Book
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Roald Dahl's Little Library
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Roald Dahl's ABC
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Roald Dahl: Fantastic Feelings
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Roald Dahl's Colours
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Roald Dahl: Animal Sounds
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Roald Dahl's Opposites
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Roald Dahl: 123
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Never Grow Up
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Roald Dahl: Lift-the-Flap Hide and Seek
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Roald Dahl: Words
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Roald Dahl: Shapes
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Roald Dahl: First 100 Words
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Roald Dahl: Disgusterous Noisy Sound Book
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Gift Editions & Anthologies

Marvellously Revolting Recipes
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Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
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Songs and Verse
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The World of Roald Dahl
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The Witches: The Graphic Novel
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Roald Dahl Rotsome and Repulsant Words
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Boy
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Boy
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Roald Dahl Words of Magical Mischief
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Going Solo
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The Roald Dahl Centenary Boxed Set
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Roald Dahl's Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection
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Roald Dahl's The Twelve Days of Christmas
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Never Grow Up
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For Every Occasion

My Mum is Magnificent
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Roald Dahl: Easter EGGstravaganza
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My Dad is Fantastic
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Roald Dahl: Birthday Bonanza
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Roald Dahl: Trick or Treat
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Roald Dahl: On the First Day of Christmas
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Hardback Editions

The Witches
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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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The Twits
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Matilda
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Matilda at 30: Astrophysicist
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Matilda at 30: World Traveller
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Roald Dahl Toys, Games & Activities

ROALD DAHL TOP TRUMPS 2021
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Marvellously Revolting Recipes
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The BFG Make Your Own Dream Jar
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The Book Bus Bag
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Willy Wonka's Everlasting Book of Fun
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ROALD DAHL TOP TRUMPS TIN
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Brainbox Roald Dahl Game
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
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Roald Dahl's Matilda's How to be a Genius
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Roald Dahl's James's Giant Bug Book
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A multi-faceted biography of a complex creative maverick, Dennison's concise life of Roald Dahl examines many sources anew to create the definitive portrait of the beloved children's author.
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Roald Dahl Autobiographies & Biographies

Teller of the Unexpected
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Going Solo
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Boy
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Boy
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Boy and Going Solo
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Going Solo
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More About Boy
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Love from Boy
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Going Solo
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Boy
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Boy
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Storyteller
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Boy
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Teller of the Unexpected
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The Real Roald Dahl
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Going Solo
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CD Audiobooks

Matilda
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The Twits
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The BFG
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Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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The Enormous Crocodile
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Tonies Roald Dahl - The Witches
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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Tonies Roald Dahl - Matilda
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Danny the Champion of the World
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Billy and the Minpins & The Magic Finger
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James and the Giant Peach
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Boy
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Strange, Macabre and Definitely Not for Children: Discover Roald Dahl's Fiction

The Complete Short Stories
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Kiss Kiss
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Roald Dahl Collected Stories
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The Complete Short Stories
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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
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Cruelty
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Someone Like You
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Switch Bitch
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My Uncle Oswald
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Skin and Other Stories
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Madness
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Lust
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Deception
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Fear
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Innocence
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Ten Short Stories
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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 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 Fleming. 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.”

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