This is a list of books that other people have written about Roald Dahl. If you know of one that's not listed here, please e-mail me!
Roald Dahl: A Biography
- Authoritative biography by Jeremy Treglown
- MY VERDICT: "A mustread for any serious Dahl fan."
Storyteller - the Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
- Written by Donald Sturrock
- Published by Simon & Schuster
- Described as "an intimate portrait of an intensely private man hindered by physical pain and haunted by family tragedy, a timely re-examination of Dahl's long and complex literary career"
- MICHAEL'S VERDICT: "A real page-turner that offers insight into Roald Dahl's personality not available anywhere else. The author, who met Roald Dahl numerous times, has done his research and offered a new perspective and view on Roald Dahl."
As I Am
- Autobiography written by Patricia Neal, Dahl's wife of 30 years
- MY VERDICT: "Provides necessary contrast for much of what's written about Dahl. Though much of the book deals with Neal's affair with Gary Cooper (before she met Dahl), the last half provides a gripping and personal look at the famous author from the person who probably knew him best."
Dead Famous - Roald Dahl and His Chocolate Factory
- Written by Andrew Donkin
- Illustrated by Clive Goddard
- MY VERDICT: "This is a great introduction to Dahl's life for a young reader (or an adult who's a kid at heart). Not only is it packed with information, but the many cartoons, comics, and jokes keep the mood light and fun. At the same time, though, it doesn't gloss over some of the more negative aspects of his life. I recommend it."
Pat and Roald
- Written by Barry Farrell
- Made into TVmovie entitled The Patricia Neal Story in 1981
- MY VERDICT: "This book was written by a journalist in close contact with the Dahl family and chronicles the period following Patricia Neal's strokes. Popularized the idea that Dahl's 'tough love' is what ultimately enabled Neal to make a full recovery. She later used her autobiography As I Am to counter many of Farrell's statements that she felt were unfair. It's interesting reading, at any rate, and would be especially useful to anyone related to a stroke victim."
- Written by Chris Powling
- Published by Puffin Books, 1985, USA.
- Written by Mark I. West
- Published by Twayne Publishers, 1992, USA.
Roald Dahl: From The Gremlins to the Chocolate Factory
- Written by Alan Warren
- Published by Borgo Press, 1994, USA.
Tell Me About: Roald Dahl
- Written by John Malam
- Published by Evans Brothers, 1997, USA.
What's Their Story? Roald Dahl
- Written by Andrea Shavick
- Published by Oxford University Press
- MY VERDICT: "Colorful and easy to read, this bio is great for younger children curious about the man who wrote their favorite books."
Working for Love
- Written by daughter Tessa Dahl
- Supposedly a novel, it's actually a thinlydisguised autobiography of her childhood
- MY VERDICT: "A rather tawdry read. Not very successful as a novel, and not much better as an autobiography. Basically it's all about the feelings of inadequacy that Tessa formed in childhood as a result of her dead sister, impaired mother, and overbearing father. It is interesting to hear a kid's perspective on those tumultuous years, though."
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