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Description - Over To You by Roald Dahl

During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and suffered horrific injuries in an air crash. In these tales that draw on his war experiences, he conveys the bizarre reality of life in the air and the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room. Here, pilots struggle with the arbitrary fate that falls on the innocent along with their bombs, and soothe their consciences by adopting an orphaned girl into their squadron. The daily confrontation with risk and the infectious madness of conflict inform these terrifying stories by a master of the genre. 'One of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive.' Irish Times

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141189659
ISBN-10: 0141189657
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 128mm x 9mm)
Pages: 158
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roald Dahl

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!' After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!). With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward. Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo. Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Fore

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