Roald werd vernoemd naar de poolreiziger Roald Amundsen , een nationale held in Noorwegen. Hij sprak thuis Noors met zijn ouders en zussen. In , toen hij drie was, overleed zijn zeven jaar oude zuster Astri aan een blindedarmontsteking. Ongeveer een maand later overleed zijn vader op jarige leeftijd aan een longontsteking.
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He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper! In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward.
Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo. Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C. Forester author of the Captain Hornblower series who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer.
Patricia and Roald were married only one year after they met! The couple bought a house in Great Missenden called Gipsy House. It was here that Roald Dahl began to tell his five children made-up bedtime stories and from those that he began to consider writing stories for children. An old wooden shed in the back garden, with a wingbacked armchair, a sleeping bag to keep out the cold, an old suitcase to prop his feet on and always, always six yellow pencils at his hand, was where Roald created the worlds of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many, many more.
Read more Quentin Blake Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. Read more.
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