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Head of Zeus
Roald Dahl
04 Aug 2022 * EBOOK * £9.99 * 9781788549400

A concise life of Roald Dahl – much-loved author and creator of numerous iconic literary characters.

Non Fiction / BGL (Biography)
Extent: 272 pages  Illus: 1 x 8pp col
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Roald Dahl: Teller of the Unexpectedby Matthew Dennison

From one of our finest contemporary biographers, a concise life of Roald Dahl – much-loved author and creator of numerous iconic literary characters.

Roald Dahl was one of the world's greatest storytellers. He conceived his vocation as one as intrepid as that of any explorer and, in his writing for children, he was able to tap into a child's viewpoint throughout his life. He crafted tales that were exotic in scenario, frequently invested with a moral, and filled with vibrant characters that endure in public imagination to the present day.

In this brand-new biography, Matthew Dennison re-evaluates the received narrative surrounding Dahl – that of school sporting hero, daredevil pilot, and wartime spy-turned-author – and examines surviving primary resources as well as Dahl's extensive literary output to tell the story of a man who identified as a rule-breaker, an iconoclast and a romantic, both insider and outsider, hero and child's friend.

Matthew Dennison is the author of nine critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer, and the much-praised Eternal Boy, a life of Kenneth Grahame. His most recent book is a new biography of Her Majesty The Queen, published by Head of Zeus.

Roald Dahl is an iconic and celebrated storyteller, whose books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and been adapted into blockbuster films, TV series and theatre productions.

An unbiased and fresh look at the received narrative of Dahl's life.

Matthew's previous biographies of iconic children's authors, ETERNAL BOY (Kenneth Grahame) and OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY (Beatrix Potter), were widely praised by reviewers.

MARKET: Eternal Boy; Love from Boy; Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl; A.N. Wilson; Lucy Worsley.

'Brace yourself for Dahl mania... Documenting the multi-layered life of Roald Dahl as a creative maverick who created some of the most well-loved characters in literature, this biography reevaluates Dahl by examining his surviving relics' Tatler

'[Matthew Dennison] skilfully covers the facts, producing a vivid impression of this strange, shy, awkward figure. The result is a highly readable book' Literary Review, on Eternal Boy.
'Fascinating... Dennison's clever, searching account of her life shows the incredible fight she had to make herself into the kind of woman she wanted to be' The Times, on Over the Hills and Far Away.
'In this finely written book, Dennison has dug deep into the complex truths that underpin Kenneth Grahame' Sunday Times, on Eternal Boy.
'Finely written and dancingly quick' TLS, on Over the Hills and Far Away.
'Dennison writes with atmospheric detail'
Herald, on Eternal Boy

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