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Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahlby Donald Sturrock
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Now in paperback—Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller is “a major literary biography…packed with intimate details, sharply intelligent commentary, and surprising revelations” ( The Washington Post ) of one of the greatest writers in the twentieth century, whose work still delights millions around the world today.
• Critically acclaimed biography: Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller garnered stellar media attention here and in the UK, where The Daily Telegraph ran a three-part serial. David Michaelis called it “diabolically readable” and New York magazine named it one of its twenty “most anticipated” books of the fall. The Boston Globe raved that “Sturrock captures the spirit of the man, his need to charm and entertain as well as his ‘almost adolescent desire to annoy.’” The Sunday Times (London) concurred: “This intimately informed…vivid, dynamic book gives you the illusion that you knew him.”
• Exclusive access: Donald Sturrock was closely acquainted with Dahl himself for years before his death and was chosen by the Roald Dahl Estate to pen Dahl’s official biography, which granted him unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives stored in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Storyteller is an intimate portrait of an intensely private man, both hindered by physical pain and haunted by family tragedy, and provides a comprehensive re-examination of Dahl’s long and complex career.
A single-minded adventurer and an eternal child who gave us the iconic Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood, Roald Dahl lived a life filled with incident, drama and adventure: from his harrowing experiences as an RAF fighter pilot and his work in British intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the mental anguish caused by the death of his young daughter Olivia. In Storyteller, the first authorized biography of Dahl, Donald Sturrock—granted unprecedented access to the Dahl estates archives—draws on personal correspondence, journals and interviews with family members and famous friends to deliver a masterful, witty and incisive look at one of the greatest authors and eccentric characters of the modern age, whose work still delights millions around the world today.
Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller is the authorized biography of Roald Dahl, one of the greatest storytellers of all time.
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