The wonderful and whizz-popping life of Roald Dahl

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Photo of Roald Dahl and His Wife in 1965 © Bettmann/Corbis

By Rhianna Melin, age 10

One of my favourite authors is Roald Dahl. He is most famous for writing books, however he did much more than that.

Roald was born in Wales on 13 September 1916. His parents were Norwegian and their names were Harald and Sofie. He had three sisters and one “ancient half brother” and “ancient half sister.” When Roald was younger he apparently was very cheeky and liked playing jokes on people. As he got older, he decided that he wanted to become rich like his father. So, he signed up for a job at the Shell Oil Company, and he got the job.

When World War II came he decided to become a pilot. So, he went to the flying school and passed his tests. On one of his missions, he flew to look for a secret base however he overlooked it. He was running out of fuel and so he had to land in the rocky desert. Roald’s landing was challenging and he ended up in need of first aid. He was rescued and taken to hospital.

Next, Roald was a spy in America. While there, he met an actress named Patricia Neal and soon after, they got married. They came to England to settle into married life and they had five children.

A short while after this, Roald became a writer and that’s what he is most famous for. Some of his most famous books are the ones he wrote for children. They include The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World and The Twits.

Roald passed away at the amazing age of 75. I think Roald was a brilliant writer and he’s inspired lots of people.

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