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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (Reissue) - Roald Dahl

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (Reissue)

Paperback Published: 4th May 2017
ISBN: 9780141365572
Number Of Pages: 224

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What if you stumbled upon a boy who could talk to animals?
Why is a hitchhiker both a saviour and a threat?
How can a man see without using his eyes?
Seven extraordinary tales of magic, mystery and suspense.
ROALD DAHL: THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER

'The absolute master of the twist in the tale' -- The Times

These bizarre and unexpected tales will appeal to older readers who like the darker side of Dahl. Teens will also enjoy Skin and The Great Automatic Grammatizator, short stories also by Roald Dahl.

WHAT if you stumbled upon a boy who could talk to animals?
WHY is a hitchhiker both a saviour and a threat?
HOW can a man see without using his eyes?
SEVEN EXTRAORDINARY TALES OF MAGIC, MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE.

Industry Reviews

'One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation * The Times *
An unforgettable read, don't miss it * Sunday Times *

ISBN: 9780141365572
ISBN-10: 0141365579
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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Roald Dahl

About the Author


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.

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