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Going Solo Paperback – 11 Feb 2016
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As a young man, Roald Dahl's adventures took him from London to East Africa, until the Second World War began and he became a RAF pilot.
You'll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling.
Going Solo is exciting, enthralling and just like its prequel Boy - it's all TRUE..
Illustrated with photographs and original letters.
About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.
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"He wasn’t going to fool about wondering whether to put in a little bit of this or a little bit of that. Quite simply, he was going to put in EVERYTHING he could find. There would be no messing about, no hesitating, no wondering whether a particular thing would knock the old girl sideways or not. The rule would be this: whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, in it went. Nobody had ever made a medicine like that before."
For an adult, the thrill isn't quite there, but I read the whole thing on one train journey and it was as good a way as any of forgetting where I was till my station showed up. Childish delight throughout - delight in words, and language, and absurd situations. Worth a look.
PS - to those wondering whether this is appropriate for children, it's exactly the same as a Looney Tunes cartoon for me. Outrageous slapstick that'll get them laughing.
This story, amongst many others will grasp the attention of the reader, along with the fantastic and colourful illustrations.
I have a very happy niece, who excitedly exclaimed how she couldn’t wait to read the book and listen to the CD!
I have been a fan of Roald Dahl all my life, I Love his stories and feel I shall be revisiting many of my old favourites Very soon indeed, as well as exploring some that I haven't yet read.
What a Wonderful autobiography of a Wonderful man, with such a Loving family background and so intrigued by the world around him, coupled by some extracts of letters written to his Mother throughout his life make for a compelling read. Learning of his lust to travel and experience new countries from such a young age, alongside his photography skills to capture what he finds along the way are truly inspirational.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, fan of his or not, there will be something in here to capture your interest and imagination.