"Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it"

September the 13th is Roald Dahl Day. We have put together a few of our favourite facts about one of our, and our children's, favourite author.

During World War II he flew a Hawker Hurricane and first experienced aerial combat in 1941, where he shot down a German plane. Towards the end of 1941 he started having severe headaches which caused a loss of consciousness, ending his active duty. Once he returned to Britain he was recruited by MI6 to provide intelligence from Washington. During his time there he worked alongside Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond

Roald Dahl got the inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from when he was a boy and the Cadbury’s factory (which was local to where he lived) would send boxes of 12 chocolate bar to his school for testing

Dahl wrote that the giant peach was the same size as a small house and would take 501 seagulls to lift it. However, physics students at University of Leicester calculated it would actually take 2.5 million seagulls to lift the peach

Everyday from 10.00-12.00 and 16.00-18.00, Roald Dahl would write stories whilst sitting in a shed at the end of his garden. All of his stories were written using an HB pencil on yellow legal notepads
In his lifetime Roald Dhal wrote 199 works, 1 play, 2 adult fiction books, 3 children poetry books, 6 film scripts, 9 non-fiction books, 17 children’s stories, 19 short stories for adults and 161 short stories. 7 of the 17 children’s stories were turned into movies.

Roald Dahl had a desire to, "do something against beards," due to his acute dislike of facial decoration -- this lead to The Twits. The first sentence of the story is, "What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays!

Roald Dahl invented one language, Gobblefunk which has 283 words. He spoke 4 languages and has had his books translated into at least 34 languages. 

Roald Dahl co-wrote the script for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice. It was he who came up with the notorious villain, the child catcher!

An incredible amount of litres of chocolate was used in 2005 film Charlie and the chocolate factory….927,403.1!! 145,474.96 was used for the waterfall and 781,927.83 for the river.

Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, partway through writing a third Charlie Bucket story, titled Charlie Bucket and the White House. He was buried with some of his favourite items, including: a power saw, HB pencils, chocolate, red wine and his snooker cues