13th September 2016 marks what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday!
To celebrate all the brilliant books, playful poems and witty words he gave us over the years, we’ve put together some fantastic facts about the author’s life, and boy are there some humdingers…
Known as his ‘writing hut’, Dahl sat in a battered old armchair and penned famous tales such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
During a flight in a Gloster Gladiator (fighter plane) in 1940 over Libya, Dahl crash landed in the desert and survived - all because he’d been given the wrong directions!
From 10am - 12pm, and then 4pm - 6pm.
Instead, Dahl preferred to do all his writing in an old red book in pencil.
Including a power drill, chocolate, snooker cues and of course, his HB pencils.
These include a huge ball made of old chocolate wrappers, and a piece of hip bone that he had to have removed!
Quentin Blake illustrated many of Dahl's much loved books over the years.
During World War II he passed intelligence to MI6 from Washington.
There’s even an official Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to help you tell your snozzcumbers from your snozzberries.
The grandmother in The Witches is said to be based on Dahl’s mother, and the little girl in The BFG was named after his granddaughter, Sophie.
As a child, Roald spoke fluent Norwegian and English. He’s even named after the famous Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundson.
- according to his teachers, anyway!
He was a postman from Nebraska.
Okay, not quite like the ones in his stories, but he was 6 foot 6 inches tall! This earned him the nickname ‘Lofty’ when he served in the RAF.