Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents. After a distinguished career as a fighter pilot and diplomat during the Second World War, he settled down to become a full-time author, first writing popular stories for adults then later retelling many of the stories he made up at bedtime for his own children.
The first book he and illustrator Quentin Blake worked on together was 'The Enormous Crocodile'. They soon became firm friends, cementing one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children's literature. Roald died in 1990. His work has been published in over 40 languages and today is considered a modern classic.