Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Roald Dahl Facts

  • Roald Dahl was very tall - 6 feet 5 and three-quarter inches tall (1.96 metres).
  • As well as being a best selling author he also wrote two successful screenplays - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice - He became friends with Ian Fleming during the war.
  • He married Patricia Neal on 2 July 1953 in New York
  • He could speak three languages English, Norwegian and Swahili - learnt whilst working for Shell in Africa in the 1930s
  • Dahl excelled at sport and won cups for Football, Rugby and Fives.
  • Despite his sporting prowess he wasn't made a school prefect because he was seen as something of a rebel.
  • At school, in his last years, he used to go racing around the countryside on a motorbike
  • Some of his most popular stories include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Esio Trot, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine, and The Witches.
  • 20 April 1941, Dahl took part in the "Battle of Athens", alongside the highest-scoring British Commonwealth ace of World War II, Pat Pattle. Dahl was officially credited with 5 'kills' but probably was more.
  • There he fell in and out of love with a nurse, Mary Welland.
  • His first published work, in the 1 August 1942 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, was "Shot Down Over Libya" - even though he wasn't actually shot down. It was later renamed to "A Piece of Cake"
  • He acquired a traditional Romanichal Gypsy wagon in the 1960s in which he wrote "Danny The Champion of the World"
  • Roald Dahl died in November 1990 at the age of 74 of a rare blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, or "pre-leukemia")
  • He is buried at the parish church of Saint Peter and Paul in Great Missenden.
  • He was buried with various items including HB pencils

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