BOTW: Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Storyteller The Life of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt and the voice of Dahl is Ian McDiarmid
Abridged by Alison Joseph
Producer: Duncan Minshull
"Roald Dahl thought biographies were boring. He told me so while munching on a lobster claw."
The new biographer of Dahl is Donald Sturrock, who once made a film about the writer, so knew the man and his family very well. His book charts Dahl's rich and varied life as fighter pilot, intelligence operative, and the adult writer who then wrote for children in such an impactful way that he remains hugely popular with today's young readers. He was truly on their wavelength. He spoke to them through books such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Danny, Champion of The World.
Sturrock investigates Dahl's eternal popularity as a writer. And of course the man behind the books...
1/5 4 Extra Debut. Roald's life begins at the dinner table and in his hut in Buckinghamshire.
2/5 The dramatic effect of a wartime air crash steered Roald towards writing books.
3/5 The tale of Dahl's son Theo and a remarkable invention - the Dahl-Wade-Till valve.
4/5 Aged 56, it's suddenly all change for Dahl with the arrival of Liccy on the scene.
5/5 Charting Dahl's final years, and how his extraordinary spell on children has endured.
First broadcast: BBC R4, 06 - 10 Sept 2010
This broadcast: BBC R4X, 10 - 14 June 2013
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Duration: 5 X 14 minutes episodes
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