Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) was a versatile Norwegian-British novelist, short story writer, poet and screenwriter. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, and rose to the rank of acting wing commander.
In 1953, he published the bestselling story collection Someone like You. It was followed by a couple of bestselling children’s books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).
Regarded as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century, he wrote 19 children’s books. Besides, he also wrote a number of stories for the mature, adult reading public, including the popular Tales of the Unexpected.