Donald Sturrock worked at the BBC for ten years as a writer, producer and director. Since his departure in 1992, he has written and directed a number of award-winning television programmes, including a film about Roald Dahl for the BBC. He has also written five opera librettos: his latest being The Golden Ticket, based on Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the score composed by Peter Ash.
Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl - the Biography (Harper Press)
Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He pushed children's literature into unchartered territory and almost twenty years after his death his popularity continues to grow - worldwide sales of his books have now topped 100 million. The man behind the stories, however, remains an enigma. Dahl was a single-minded adventurer, an eternal child, and his public persona was often controversial.
To his readers, though, Dahl was always a hero, and since his death his reputation has been transformed. Critics now too celebrate his wild imagination, quirky humour and linguistic elegance; figures like Willy Wonka, the BFG and the Grand High Witch are immortal literary creations.
In this masterly biography, Donald Sturrock reveals many hitherto hidden aspects of Roald Dahl's life: his terrifying experiences as a fighter pilot; the mental anguish caused by the death of his seven-year-old daughter; his work for military intelligence at the end of the war and more. Written with exclusive access to his private papers and manuscripts as well as with reference to hundreds of newly-discovered letters, Dahl lives on every page of this utterly compelling book, which reveals the man as we've never seen him before.