Roald Dahl

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 screenplay for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice?), a World War II fighter pilot with the RAF, and possibly a spy.

Roald 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 about Roald Dahl, visit or visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.

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