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10 Dahl Puffin Classics on 27 CDs : Audio Books Set in Zipped Tin - Roald Dahl

10 Dahl Puffin Classics on 27 CDs

Audio Books Set in Zipped Tin

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The fabulous world of Roald Dahl, brought to life in this exciting new collection.

The Twits
Read by Simon Callow
Running time: approx 50 mins

Matilda
Read by Miriam Margolyes
Running time: approx 180 mins

George's Marvellous Medicine
Read by June Whitfield
Running time: approx 88 mins

Danny the Champion of the World
Read by Timothy West
Running time: approx 160 mins

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Read by James Bolam
Running time: approx 169 mins

The BFG
Read by Geoffrey Palmer
Running time: approx 183 mins

The Witches
Read by Simon Callow
Running time: approx 170 mins

James and the Giant Peach
Read by Andrew Sachs
Running time: approx 156 mins

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Read by James Bolam
Running time: approx 160 mins

Fantastic Mr Fox
Read by Martin Jarvis
Running time: approx 63 mins

The Enormous Crocodile
Read by Stephen Fry
Running time: approx 23 mins

Esio Trot
Read by Geoffrey Palmer
Running time: approx 34 mins

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Read by Hugh Laurie
Running time: approx 45 mins

More than 26 hours of fantastic listening all in a zippered tin!

The Twits
Matilda
George's Marvellous Medicine
Danny the Champion of the World
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
The BFG
The Witches
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Enormous Crocodile
Esio Trot
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Roald Dahl

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!'

After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!).

With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. 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.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Forester sent Roald Dahl's work straight to the Saturday Evening Post. Roald Dahl's growing success as an author led him to meet many famous people including Walt Disney, Franklin Roosevelt, and the movie star Patricia Neal. 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.

Visit Roald Dahl's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780140922554
ISBN-10: 0140922555
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 27
Published: 1st September 2006