road dahl facts

13th September 2018 marked what would have been Roald Dahl’s 102nd 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…

Did you know that we have a FREE downloadable Roald Dahl primary resource? Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents alike!

Roald Dahl facts

road dahl facts

1. Dahl wrote many of his stories in a little shed at the bottom of his garden

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.

2. He was a fighter pilot in World War II 

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!

3. Dahl wrote for around four hours every single day

From 10am – 12pm, and then 4pm – 6pm

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4. He never learned how to type

Instead, Dahl preferred to do all his writing in an old red book in pencil.

5. When Roald Dahl died in 1990, he was buried with some of his favourite things

Including a power drill, chocolate, snooker cues and of course, his HB pencils.

6. There are strange mementos still sitting in his writing hut

These include a huge ball made of old chocolate wrappers, and a piece of hip bone that he had to have removed!


road dahl factsQuentin Blake illustrated many of Dahl’s much loved books over the years.

7. Dahl was a spy

During World War II he passed intelligence to MI6 from Washington.

8. Dahl invented over 250 new words

There’s even an official Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to help you tell your snozzcumbers from your snozzberries.

9. Many of Dahl’s characters were based on people he’d met in real life

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. 

10. Dahl was born in Wales, but his parents were Norwegian

As a child, Roald spoke fluent Norwegian and English. He’s even named after the famous Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundson.


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11. Writing wasn’t his strong point at school

– according to his teachers, anyway!

12. In 1971, a real man named Willy Wonka wrote to Roald Dahl

He was a postman from Nebraska.

13. Roald Dahl was a giant!

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.


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  • Daman

    Love the info

  • Ayan

    I like this info

  • Chicken

    I love this facts but they can be shorter

  • Sarobar

    I like Matilda

  • Ayan

    Thanks for the info

  • great

    he is a auspicious author and i am a fan of him

  • Sarobar


  • LOL

  • Imke Marais

    Fantastic Mr.Fox !!!!

  • Eve

    I like matilda

  • Luciannah


  • baileyrae

    easy to find.

  • Fiza

    The Twits is my favorite book

  • EMMA

    My favrourite is Danny The Campion of The world so far. I found out the arthor Roald Dahl when I was in the Op-shop.

  • Isabella

    My favourite Roal Dahl book is Matilda

  • wolf teddy

    My dog is called Sophie my favorite is the bfg

  • I love Roald Dahl! Matilda is my favourite. And to think writing wasn’t his strong point at school?!

  • Surjin

    I don't have a favorite because all of them are TRULY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • zetta

    I loved roald dahl's books , and I have always wanted to meet him. But sadly, he has already past away.

  • Vivianne


  • Tyler

    #1 fan roald dahl my 3 favourite books are the twits, matilda and james and the jient peach love you roald xoxoxo

  • Zali and Anglina

    We like the BFG because there are amazing twists about the story.

  • emma

    i love reading Roald Dahl books my fav book is the witches :) :] ps. i love you Roald Dahl

  • Aimee

    Brilliant I love his books

  • lyllian

    I love all of Roald Dahls books

  • juliette

    the bfg is my favourite. and the little girl is called sophie because his granddaughter sophie used to call him the bfs.

  • jessica187

    #1 fan! My favourite book is Mischief and Mayham. Your the BEST Roald Dahl.

  • jessica187

    Roald Dahl is AWESOME! My favourite book is Mischief and Mayham.

  • I love it

  • Eliza

    My favourite book is CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Well done Roald Dahl

  • Cel345687

    I love Matilda

  • Hugo

    Love the facts

  • F

    I love Roald Dahl

  • Someone ?

    My favorite is Matilda because I like the adventure, the Trunchbull and her super power.

  • queen sade

    love love love thease amazing books so cool

  • JOJO Siwa fan

    my favourite is the BFG

  • Rolling cheese

    I love Roald Dahl books, especially The BFG and Matilda

  • Lois

    my favourites are probably The BFG because it is so entertaining and funny. next is Matilda because it has so much in it!

  • All his books are the MOST BEST BOOKS EVER

  • CrankyApocalyse

    BFG because its funny and intresting

  • NGKIDZ4066

    I have Roald Dahl audio books... all of them!

  • Ng kids lover

    My favourite Roald Dahl stories are The witches and The BFG

  • dragonstellathecoder

    wow that is a lot of facts about one of my fave author Roald Dahl!!!!! :)

  • Louie Healey

    My favourite Roald Dahl book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - because i like chocolate, my dad doesn't like the umpa-lumpas

  • Harry Ha

    He is my most favourite author of all times.

  • Dale

    I love Matilda!

  • Yasmin


  • gorilla 9115

    bfg its awesome

  • Olivia

    I think number 12 is super cool