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Roald Dahl 1916-1990

Roald Dahl, best selling author of 25 books for both children and adults, came to stay as a boarder at Repton School in South Derbyshire in January 1930 and remained there until July 1934. He lived at the Priory on High Street in the village.
He was remembered by his schoolmates as a tall, soft faced boy, not especially popular but very close to the few boys who became his friends.
He and his actress wife Patricia Neal had 5 children and he attributed his success as a writer of childrens books to them.
His works included The Gremlins, 1943; James and the Giant Peach, 1961; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964; The Magic Finger, 1966 and Fantastic Mr.Fox, 1970. He wrote some of his best works during the last seven years of his life, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda.
He died in Oxford, in
1990.

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