Roald Dahl Day: how many Roald Dahl books are there and what are some of his most inspiring quotes?


Today is a celebration of Roald Dahl’s timeless creations and characters (Picture: Getty)

Today, September 13, is Roald Dahl Day – a celebration joined in by many all over the world to remember one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

The day is celebrated on this date as it is also the author’s birthday – having been born on September 13, 1916 in Cardiff.

Known for iconic creations including Willy Wonka and Matilda, just how many books did Roald Dahl write in his lifetime?

How many Roald Dahl books are there?

Combining his novels, non-fiction works, poetry books and collected works, Roald Dahl had published 57 books overall.

His books have sold more than 250m copies worldwide, and many of his works have been turned into hugely popular films and television shows.

His first came in 1943, a short story titled The Gremlins.

It was this which would provide a loose inspiration for the iconic movie, Gremlins, released in 1984.

His first novel for adults, Sometimes Never: A Fable for Supermen, came next, in 1948.

However, it was with his children’s books that he built his empire. His third novel would set in motion the Roald Dahl who became an institution for children and adults alike.

He wrote James and the Giant Peach in 1961, which was followed by some of his most cherished works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), Fantastic Mr Fox (1970) and The BFG (1982).

Roald Dahl quotes

From creativity to the importance of being kind, Roald Dahl had a way with capturing feelings and beliefs like no other.

‘A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.’

‘A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.’

‘Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’

‘A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’

‘A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.’

If you are good, life is good.’

‘Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.’

‘It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.’

‘Never grow up… always down.’

MORE: Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman and Dame Julie Walters team up with Roald Dahl charity to raise money for childrens’ nurses

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