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Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales to Norwegian parents. He was educated in England before starting work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa, and began writing after a ‘monumental bash on the head’ sustained as an RAF fighter pilot during the Second World War. He worked in a tiny hut in the apple orchard of his house in Buckinghamshire until his death in 1990 at the age of seventy-four. Roald Dahl’s many books continue to be loved by readers the world over, who delight in the magic of his marvellous storytelling.