Fantastic Mr. Dahl

Wonderous chocolate factories, fantastic foxes, big friendly giants… and Hawker Hurricanes? Roald Dahl’s journey from World War II fighter pilot to best-selling children’s author

Going Solo
Roald Dahl immortalised his World War II exploits in his book 'Going Solo'. Mike Johnson

Growing up in the latter half of the twentieth century, it’s almost inevitable that you would have come across the literary works of Roald Dahl. A guardian of all things fantastical, Dahl’s tales told the stories of countless characters – some more fortunate than others - whose lives crossed into the realms of outlandish and, quite frankly, impossible. But his career was not always so wildly jovial. In fact, it began as quite the opposite. He still had his head in the clouds, but in a much different way…

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