About Roald Dahl
Today, Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is best known for his much-loved children's books including Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Danny The Champion of the World. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he was a fighter pilot and intelligence officer in the RAF during the Second World War. His first book, Shot Down Over Libya, was published in 1942 and recounted his wartime adventures. This was followed in 1943 by children's book The Gremlins. He went on to write some of the most popular children's stories of the 20th century, whilst also writing short stories for adults that were renowned for their surprising plot twists. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.