A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.
Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he'd had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years' worth of chocolate wrappers), Roald Dahl wrote some of the world's best-loved stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, The Witches, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and lots more. Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted in the New Year's Honours.
His account of life as a fighter pilot in the Western Desert and in
Greece has the thrilling intensity and the occasional grotesqueness
of his fiction-Sunday Times
Very nearly as grotesque as his fiction. The same compulsive blend of wide-eyed innocence and fascination with danger and horror-Evening Standard
A non-stop demonstration of expert raconteurship-The New York Times Book Review