Boy & Going Solo (CD-Audio)

BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas

By Roald Dahl

BBC Books, 9781785294228, 1pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/25/2013)
Paperback (1/22/2009)
Paperback (9/6/1988)
Prebound (1/1/2010)
Paperback (8/5/1986)
Compact Disc (4/1/2003)
Prebound (2/1/2009)
Paperback (2/1/1999)
CD-Audio (9/26/2013)
Hardcover (12/1/1984)
Prebound (9/6/1988)
Prebound (9/1/1988)
Paperback (4/1/2010)
Paperback (10/1/2009)
Paperback (10/27/2011)

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These two adaptations, based on Roald Dahl’s real-life tales of his of his boyhood and youthful overseas adventures, celebrate his remarkable life. Boy tells of how Dahl’s childhood was one of excitement, wonder, terror, and sadness, from his fascination with the local sweet shop to the Great Mouse Plot, the horrors of boarding school, and his time as a chocolate taster for Cadbury’s. Going Solo tells of how, at 22, Dahl set sail for Africa on the SS Montola and plunged into an unfamiliar world of colonial characters. In Tanzania he enjoys life on the savannah, but when World War II breaks out, he leaves the bush behind and takes to the skies as an RAF pilot. These dramatizations will carry listeners away into worlds every bit as amazing, strange, and memorable as the ones in his acclaimed fiction. Unabridged.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to 'a wonderful faraway place'. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.