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Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl [Paperback]

Donald Sturrock

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Sept. 13 2011
A single-minded adventurer and an eternal child who gave us the iconic Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood, Roald Dahl lived a life filled with incident, drama and adventure: from his harrowing experiences as an RAF fighter pilot and his work in British intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the mental anguish caused by the death of his young daughter Olivia. In Storyteller, the first authorized biography of Dahl, Donald Sturrock—granted unprecedented access to the Dahl estate’s archives—draws on personal correspondence, journals and interviews with family members and famous friends to deliver a masterful, witty and incisive look at one of the greatest authors and eccentric characters of the modern age, whose work still delights millions around the world today.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439189765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439189764
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A major literary biography…packed with intimate details, sharply intelligent commentary and surprising revelations. I can't sing its praises enough.” —Michael Dirda, Best Nonfiction of 2010, The Washington Post


“Authoritative . . . a careful, loving outline of a difficult man.” —Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review


“A sprawling entertainment packed with anecdote and incident . . . an engaging tale with satisfying episodes of glamour, intrigue, failure and renewal.” —William Georgiades, The Wall Street Journal


“Sturrock captures the spirit of the man, his need to charm and entertain as well as his 'almost adolescent desire to annoy'.” —Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe

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4.0 out of 5 stars The story about Dahl inside out Sept. 18 2013
By W. Dijksterhuis - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written lifestory about Dahl, a story in itself : amazing, sometimes sad and at times crossing all God-given boundaries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even more fascinating than I expected Jan. 20 2014
By Matt Post - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up loving Roald Dahl and read basically everything he wrote for children. In college, I came across some of his adult fiction, and was somewhat surprised at how dark, sexual, and, well, adult it was. It planted a seed that interested me in the man himself which I didn't act on for a decade or so. I'd read good reviews of this biography, and finally got around for reading it, and it was a pure delight.

Another reviewer asks, "Was it worthwhile to have Dahl knocked off his pedestal? Yes." I agree wholeheartedly. Meeting -- and truly coming to know -- someone as an adult that one previously knew only as a child is certainly always eye-opening pedestal-removing, and that is certainly the case with Dahl, whose general nastiness seeps through throughout this book. But it's not only nastiness that comes out; the man really seemed to possess character attributes on the extremes of many spectrums.

The bottom line is that it was fascinating to learn about how complex Dahl was, and I come away with a deeper respect, admiration for, and interest in his work. Sturrock did a wonderful job with this book, and I highly endorse it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! Jan. 17 2014
By Khrysserx - Published on Amazon.com
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I was extremely pleased reading this book. At several points I couldn't put it down. Well written and very exciting!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dahl's Story Feb. 24 2013
By Carroll Merlick - Published on Amazon.com
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Read about an interesting participant in the underground political world in the 50's and 60's. He is the "Chocolate Factory"'s author.

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