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Love from Boy - Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother

Donald Sturrock

From the author of The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more beloved classics-a whimsical, witty, and revealing collection of the legendary children's author and writer Roald Dahl's letters written to his mother, from early childhood through Dahl's travels to Africa, his career in the Royal Air Force, his work in post-war Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, and the books that made him a literary star. Roald Dahl penned his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was just nine years old. The origins of a brilliantly funny, subversive, creative mind were evident in boarding school, and as he entered adulthood, his penchant for storytelling emerged in his missives home from Africa, where he was stationed by Shell Oil, and then the desert camps of the Royal Air Force. His skills were sharpened after a plane crash in Egypt landed him in Washington, D.C., where his cheery letters home were cover for his work in the British Secret Service, along with gossipy updates on his spontaneous rise in Hollywood and his budding New York literary career. His mother was, in many ways, Dahl's first reader, and without her correspondence he might never have become a writer. Sofie Magdalene kept every letter her son wrote to her (sadly, her own side of the correspondence did not survive). It was she who encouraged him to tell stories and nourished his desire to fabricate, exaggerate, and entertain. In these letters, Dahl began practicing his craft, developing the dark sense of humor and fantastical imagination that would later produce his timeless tales. The author of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, Dahl is known by millions the world over today. But, writing candidly to the person who knew him best, Dahl was as singular a character as any he created on paper. Assembled by Dahl's authorized biographer Donald Sturrock, Love from Boy is a remarkable collection of never-before-published writing that spans four decades

From the author of The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more beloved classics-a whimsical, witty, and revealing collection of the legendary children's author and writer Roald Dahl's letters written to his mother, from early childhood through Dahl's travels to Africa, his career in the Royal Air Force, his work in post-war Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, and the books that made him a literary star. Roald Dahl penned his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was just nine years old. The origins of a brilliantly funny, subversive, creative mind were evident in boarding school, and as he entered adulthood, his penchant for storytelling emerged in his missives home from Africa, where he was stationed by Shell Oil, and then the desert camps of the Royal Air Force. His skills were sharpened after a plane crash in Egypt landed him in Washington, D.C., where his cheery letters home were cover for his work in the British Secret Service, along with gossipy updates on his spontaneous rise in Hollywood and his budding New York literary career. His mother was, in many ways, Dahl's first reader, and without her correspondence he might never have become a writer. Sofie Magdalene kept every letter her son wrote to her (sadly, her own side of the correspondence did not survive). It was she who encouraged him to tell stories and nourished his desire to fabricate, exaggerate, and entertain. In these letters, Dahl began practicing his craft, developing the dark sense of humor and fantastical imagination that would later produce his timeless tales. The author of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, Dahl is known by millions the world over today. But, writing candidly to the person who knew him best, Dahl was as singular a character as any he created on paper. Assembled by Dahl's authorized biographer Donald Sturrock, Love from Boy is a remarkable collection of never-before-published writing that spans four decades
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From the author of The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more beloved classics-a whimsical, witty, and revealing collection of the legendary children's author and writer Roald Dahl's letters written to his mother, from early childhood through Dahl's travels to Africa, his career in the Royal Air Force, his work in post-war Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, and the books that made him a literary star. Roald Dahl penned his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was just nine years old. The origins of a brilliantly funny, subversive, creative mind were evident in boarding school, and as he entered adulthood, his penchant for storytelling emerged in his missives home from Africa, where he was stationed by Shell Oil, and then the desert camps of the Royal Air Force. His skills were sharpened after a plane crash in Egypt landed him in Washington, D.C., where his cheery letters home were cover for his work in the British Secret Service, along with gossipy updates on his spontaneous rise in Hollywood and his budding New York literary career. His mother was, in many ways, Dahl's first reader, and without her correspondence he might never have become a writer. Sofie Magdalene kept every letter her son wrote to her (sadly, her own side of the correspondence did not survive). It was she who encouraged him to tell stories and nourished his desire to fabricate, exaggerate, and entertain. In these letters, Dahl began practicing his craft, developing the dark sense of humor and fantastical imagination that would later produce his timeless tales. The author of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, Dahl is known by millions the world over today. But, writing candidly to the person who knew him best, Dahl was as singular a character as any he created on paper. Assembled by Dahl's authorized biographer Donald Sturrock, Love from Boy is a remarkable collection of never-before-published writing that spans four decades

Language:

English

Narrators:

Thomas Judd, Andrew Wincott

Length:

7h 12m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:28