Roald Dahl

If you have a spare hour, cosy up with “The Marvellous world of Roald Dahl” on the BBC iplayer.  60 minutes of much needed escapism!  It’s a fascinating insight to the start of his writing career which began with nearly dying in a plane crash.  He said that “bump on the head” changed him forever.  Who knew Roald was so handsome too?!

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Switch bitch and Roald Dahl short stories are always the first books I reach for on the bookcase when visiting my parents for the weekend.  Weary from the working week, one of Roald’s short stories is the best pre curser to forty winks.  Even if there are some chilling overtones.  In ‘Lamb to the slaughter,’ a housewife serves policemen the leg of lamb she bludgeoned her husband to death with for dinner. 

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Like Dahl, yellow is one of my favourite colours.  Legend has it, he wrote all his stories on yellow paper with a pencil.  And I’ve always been taken with the lemon door to his writing shed at Gipsy House, Great Missenden.  Citron and Yellow Ground by Farrow & Ball have the sunniest dispositions.   The finish?  Well, it would have to be radiating, light reflecting gloss!  You might as well go for it if you are going to have a yellow door. 

Roald Dahl's writing shed with yellow door

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Love this picture of him tucked up under an eiderdown, writing in his shed.

Gipsy House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Also read this great piece on Roald’s garden and the gardener who inspired the BFG.