Roald Dahl – 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990

One of the earliest influences on my life, and my first true introduction to literature and the joys of reading, Roald Dahl remains an icon for generations of children, readers, and writers. Known primarily for the many wonderful works of fiction he created for children, he also had a sterling military career and was successful as a writer of poetry, adult fiction, and screenplays. As an author he knew the importance of not dumbing down for children, and not shying away from the gruesome, the dark, and that is why I devoured everything he wrote as a child – there was humour in there which we weren’t supposed to laugh at, and quite a few things that went bump in the night, and it felt like Dahl was writing these stories as a secret gift just for you. With immortal characters and plots which every child yearns to be a part of in some shape or form, Dahl is one of the finest writers of the 20th Century.

Rest In Peace

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