Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl
Author Roald Dahl in 1954. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Carl Van Vechten

Roald Dahl is a man of many guises, most known for writing children’s books (he is still considered by many today to be the world’s greatest master storyteller). But he was also, among other things, a chocolate bar tester, a short-story writer, poet, screenwriter (did you know that he wrote the screenplays for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice?), a World War II fighter pilot with the RAF, and possibly a spy.

Dahl was born in 1916 in Llandaff, Wales on 13 September to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. He sadly died on 23 November 1990, aged 74.

For more information, visit or visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.

Books in order:

Children’s Fiction
The Gremlins (1943)
James and the Giant Peach (1961)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
The Magic Finger (1966)
Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)
Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)
The Enormous Crocodile (1978)
The Twits (1978)
George’s Marvellous Medicine (1981)
The BFG (1982)
The Witches (1983)
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
Matilda (1988)
Esio Trot (1990)
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991 / Posthumously)
The Minpins (1991 / Posthumously)
Roald Dahl’s Incredible Chocolate Box (2005 / Posthumously)

Children’s Poetry
Revolting Rhymes (1982)
Dirty Beasts (1983)
Rhyme Stew (1989)

Adult Fiction
Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (1946)
Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen (1948)
Someone Like You (1953)
Kiss Kiss (1960)
Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl (1969)
Switch Bitch (1974)
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)
The Best of Roald Dahl (1978)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
My Uncle Oswald (1979)
More Tales of the Unexpected (1980)
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (1983)
The Roald Dahl Omnibus (1986)
Two Fables (1986)
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl (1989)
The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl (1991 / Posthumously)
The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997 / Posthumously)
The Great Automatic Grammatizator (1998 / Posthumously)
Skin and Other Stories (2000 / Posthumously)
Roald Dahl: Collected Stories (2006 / Posthumously)

The Mildenhall Treasure (1946)
Boy: Tales of Childhood (Autobiography) (1984)
Going Solo (Autobiography) (1986)
Measles: A Dangerous Illness (a pamphlet published by the Sandwell Health Authority, written 26 years after he lost his first-born daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962) (1988)
Memories with Food at Gipsy House (1991 / Posthumously)
Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety (1991 / Posthumously)
My Year (1993 / Posthumously)
The Great Mouse Plot (2016 / Posthumously)

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