Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Beautifully written – amazing, funny and sad anecdotes to enthral the reader.



Not so much an autobiography as a collection of anecdotes spanning Roald Dahl’s childhood and school days. The anecdotes are entertaining, occasionally hilarious and sometimes desperately sad. Dahl certainly had some interesting and unusual times – or maybe he is simply a master storyteller who remembers the remarkable and knows how to present it. Dahl was born in 1916 and the book also provides a fascinating view of life before the World War 2.

A beautifully written book (the audiobook is brilliant too) with gorgeous language and excellent character descriptions – Mrs.Pratchett from the sweet shop or matron from St Peter’s School to name a few. Dahl also provides a description of life before World War 2 – especially life at school where the cane was in use and children were treated to punishments which today are considered brutal. This book is hugely enjoyable and, given that it is written in anecdote form, it would work well with readers who struggle reading longer stories. Don’t let the Quentin Blake book cover deceive you into thinking this book is for younger readers – this is a book for all readers who love to get lost in a good story and beautiful writing.


  1. Thank you for this great review. I agree that it is absolutely marvellous book and as great for adults as well as children. I recall reading it many times as a kid and keep meaning to dig out my copy from my parents’ loft for a re-read. Going Solo, the follow up, is also fab!

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