Teller of the Unexpected

Maureen Dennison


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Head of Zeus
4 August 2022
ISBN: 9781788549417
272 pages

From the publisher

Book of the Week in the Sunday Times, the Observer and the Daily MailFrom 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.