About Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was responsible for creating some of the most memorable and iconic characters in 20th-century children's literature. His first published writing, "A Piece of Cake," was based on his experiences as a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force in World War II. In 1943, he broke into the genre that would earn him the most fame with his children's book The Gremlins. This too was inspired by RAF lore, which blamed the mischievous little creatures for anything that went wrong. The Gremlins was an instant success, and followed by many more. Who can forget the wonder and excitement of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach? Dahl's children's stories feature a trademark macabre humour and even elements of the grotesque, such as in Matilda and The Witches. His autobiography, Boy, recounts how some of the characters and incidents are inspired by his own childhood in Wales. But just as the big friendly giant prevails over the people-eating ones in The BFG, the goodness of his protagonists overcomes the sinister characters. And while his children books are appealing to readers of all ages, he also penned some 60 adult stories, many of which were published in magazines or in collections like Tales of the Unexpected. Indeed, you really can expect the unexpected: in many of these stories, Roald Dahl yields more fully to his sinister side while incorporating elements of comedy, mystery, and suspense. Tales of the Unexpected was turned in to a British miniseries of the same title. Dahl himself wrote screenplays for a time, most notably his adaptations of two Ian Fleming novels, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond novel You Only Live Twice. Roald Dahl fans of all ages have a wealth of books and films to enjoy.