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Teller of the Unexpected: The Life of Roald Dahl
  • ISBN: 9781788549417
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Apollo
  • Binding: Hardback

Teller of the Unexpected: The Life of Roald Dahl

An Unofficial Biography

Matthew Dennison
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Roald Dahl was one of the world’s greatest storytellers, crafting tales that were exotic in scenario, frequently invested with a moral, and filled with vibrant characters that endure in the imagination.

In this 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



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