He was born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian parents. He was educated in England and then worked in Africa for Shell Oil Company. In the Second World War, he was an RAF fighter pilot. It was after an air-crash and "a monumental bash on the head" that he began to write. The crash was the subject of his first published story, "Shot Down Over Libya".
His stories are full of huge, wild ideas and he hoped they would help children to learn to love books. He is one of the world's most popular children's writers.
He wrote many famous children's stories and adult horror stories. Many of his books and stories have been made into films and TV shows all over the world. Among his most popular books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox , and Kiss Kiss. Many of his children's books have pictures drawn by Quentin Blake.
He was married to Patricia Neal from 1953 until they divorced in 1983. They had four daughters (one of whom died before them) and a son. Dahl was married to Felicity Crosland from 1983 until his death. He lived in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He died on the morning of 23 November 1990 in Oxford, from myelodysplastic syndrome, aged 74.
Model Sophie Dahl is his granddaughter.
- There is a Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden which shows the work of Dahl.
Books he wrote
- The Gremlins
- Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen
- James and the Giant Peach
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
- Danny the Champion of the World
- The Enormous Crocodile
- The Twits
- George's Marvellous Medicine
- The BFG
- The Witches
- The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
- Esio Trot
- The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
- The Minpins
- Going solo
Mrs Pratchett's former sweet shop in Llandaff, Cardiff has a blue plaque commemorating the mischief a young Roald Dahl played on her by putting a mouse in the gobstoppers jar.
Dahl was flying a Gloster Gladiator when he crash landed in Libya
A Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 which was the aircraft type in which Dahl engaged in aerial combat over Greece.
Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl
Interior of Dylan Thomas's writing shed. Dahl made a replica of it in his own garden in Great Missenden where he wrote many of his stories
Roald Dahl for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.