Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a British author of fantasy, mystery and horror novels and short stories for both children and adults. He was born in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl enlisted to the Royal Air Force where he became a flying ace. Following a crash and some severe headaches, he returned home. It was around this time he ended up meeting author C.S. Forester, who was so impressed by Dahl’s war stories that he published them verbatim. As a children’s author, he wrote some of the most memorable children’s stories of the 20th century, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and many others. Dahl is considered to be one of the greatest children’s authors of the time period.

Roald Dahl became a published novelist in 1943 with the children’s book The Gremlins. The story is based on the RAF folklore that gremlins were responsible for any issues with their planes. Below is a list of Roald Dahl’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Charlie Bucket Books

(with Quentin Blake)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)Description / Buy at
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)Description / Buy at
Two Classics by Roald Dahl (By: Quentin Blake) (2003)Description / Buy at
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Gremlins (1943)Description / Buy at
Some Time Never: A Fable for Supermen (1948)Description / Buy at
James and the Giant Peach (1961)Description / Buy at
The Magic Finger (1966)Description / Buy at
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)Description / Buy at
Danny: The Champion of the World (1975)Description / Buy at
My Uncle Oswald (1979)Description / Buy at
The Twits (1980)Description / Buy at
George's Marvellous Medicine (1981)Description / Buy at
The BFG (1982)Description / Buy at
The Witches (1983)Description / Buy at
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)Description / Buy at
Matilda (1988)Description / Buy at
Esio Trot (1990)Description / Buy at
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)Description / Buy at
The Mildenhall Treasure (1999)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Great Switcheroo (1985)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (1946)Description / Buy at
Someone Like You (1953)Description / Buy at
Kiss Kiss (1959)Description / Buy at
Skin and Other Stories (1960)Description / Buy at
Selected Stories of Roald Dahl (1968)Description / Buy at
Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl (1969)Description / Buy at
Switch Bitch (1974)Description / Buy at
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)Description / Buy at
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)Description / Buy at
Taste and Other Tales (1979)Description / Buy at
A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories (1980)Description / Buy at
More Tales of the Unexpected (1980)Description / Buy at
New Tales of the Unexpected (1980)Description / Buy at
The Way Up to Heaven and Other Stories (1980)Description / Buy at
Revolting Rhymes (1982)Description / Buy at
The Umbrella Man and Other Stories (1982)Description / Buy at
The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories (1982)Description / Buy at
Dirty Beasts (1983)Description / Buy at
The Best of Roald Dahl (1983)Description / Buy at
Two Fables (1986)Description / Buy at
Completely Unexpected Tales (1986)Description / Buy at
A Second Roald Dahl Selection (1987)Description / Buy at
Rhyme Stew (1989)Description / Buy at
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989)Description / Buy at
Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories (1995)Description / Buy at
Edward the Conqueror and Other Stories (1996)Description / Buy at
The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997)Description / Buy at
Further Tales of the Unexpected (1999)Description / Buy at
A Taste of the Unexpected (2005)Description / Buy at
Vile Verses (2005)Description / Buy at
Songs and Verse. Roald Dahl (2005)Description / Buy at
Collected Short Stories (2006)Description / Buy at
Spotty Powder and other Splendiferous Secrets (2010)Description / Buy at
Three Tales of Magic and Mischief (2012)Description / Buy at
Cruelty (2016)Description / Buy at
Madness (2016)Description / Buy at
Lust (2016)Description / Buy at
Trickery (2017)Description / Buy at
Innocence (2017)Description / Buy at
Fear (2017)Description / Buy at
War (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Enormous Crocodile (1978)Description / Buy at
The Minpins / Billy and the Minpins (1991)Description / Buy at
Words (2023)Description / Buy at
Shapes (2023)Description / Buy at
Trick or Treat (With: Quentin Blake) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984)Description / Buy at
Going Solo (1986)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)Description / Buy at
Memories with Food at Gipsy House (1991)Description / Buy at
My Year (1993)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes (1994)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Cookbook (1996)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes (2001)Description / Buy at
The Dahlmanac (2006)Description / Buy at
More About Boy: Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood (2009)Description / Buy at
Dahlmanac 2 (2009)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Joke Book (2011)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Fantabulous Facts (2012)Description / Buy at
Roald Dahl's Scrumdiddlyumptious Sticker Book (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories(1956)Description / Buy at
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 More Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do on TV(1957)Description / Buy at
Stories for the Dead of Night(1957)Description / Buy at
The Late Great Future(1976)Description / Buy at
65 Great Spine Chillers(1982)Description / Buy at
The 24th Pan Book of Horror Stories(1983)Description / Buy at
Ready or Not: Here Come Fourteen Frightening Stories!(1987)Description / Buy at
Duel — Horror Stories of the Road(1987)Description / Buy at
Friendship(1990)Description / Buy at
The Man In Black(1990)Description / Buy at
The Little Book of Horrors: Tiny Tales of Terror(1992)Description / Buy at
Sea-Cursed(1994)Description / Buy at
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings(1998)Description / Buy at
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream!(1999)Description / Buy at
It's Heaven to Be Seven(2000)Description / Buy at
It's Great to Be Eight(2000)Description / Buy at
A Distant Cry(2002)Description / Buy at
Murder On The Railways(2003)Description / Buy at
A Tangled Web(2005)Description / Buy at
Secret Ingredients(2007)Description / Buy at
Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying(2009)Description / Buy at
That Glimpse of Truth(2014)Description / Buy at
Flight or Fright(2018)Description / Buy at

Notes: Memories with Food at Gipsy House and Roald Dahl’s Cookbook were co-authored with Felicity Dahl.

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Roald Dahl Synopsis: In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, only five children will be allowed inside of Willy Wonka’s world famous chocolate factory. Those five children are: the rather rotund Augustus Gloop, the spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, TV-loving Mike Teavee and the honest and brave Charlie Bucket. The novel made into a film starring Gene Wilder in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and then in 2005, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

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