Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Kidsbooks – The life of Roald Dahl by Robbie Cheadle

Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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Today we continue the series of posts from Robbie Cheadle who has two blogs that I can select from. This week I have chosen a post from Robbie’s Inspiration Robbie writes for both children and adults, but clearly children’s books are very dear to her heart… here is a post that demonstrates that.

#Kidsbooks – The life of Roald Dahl by Robbie Cheadle

Roald Dahl

Photograph from The Official Roald Dahl Website

On 13 September 1916 one of the most popular children’s authors in the world was born in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Roald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sophie Magdalene Hesselberg, during a period in history that is commonly known as World War 1 or the Great War. He had two older sisters and two younger sisters as well as a half brother and sister from his father’s previous marriage.

At the young age of four, Roald’s older sister, Astri, died, followed by his father a few months later. This left his mother alone with six children to raise, one of which was still in-utero.

Roald stated his schooling at the local Cathedral school for boys and went on to Repton, a famous British Public School near Derby. His interesting days at Repton are depicted in his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood. One memorable event was when the pupils at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars. This memory later partially inspired his children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Dahl left school in 1934 and started working at Shell Oil’s offices in London. It was at this point in his life that he started writing spoofs and drawing sketches.

In 1938, he transferred to the company’s offices in Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, East Africa. One year into his three-year contract, World War II broke out and Dahl went to Nairobi, Kenya to join the Royal Air Force. He was 23 years old at the time. His autobiography about this time of his life, Going Solo, states that thirteen of the sixteen men who trained to fly Tiger Moth planes in Nairobi together were killed over the next two years.

In 1940, Dahl was posted to Libya and in September he crashed into the Western Desert of North Africa. He sustained serious injuries and spend six months recovering in a hospital in Alexandria, Egypt. In early 1941, he rejoined his squadron in Athens. In April 1941 his was one of the 12 remaining Hurricane aeroplanes from his squadron that took part in the Battle of Athens. A further 5 of the Hurricanes were destroyed during this battle. Later that year, Dahl started to suffer terrible headaches as a result of his crash in Libya and he was invalided home to Great Britain.

In April 1942, at the age of 26, Dahl was posted to Washington D.C. to work for the British Embassy. It was there that he met British novelist, C.S. Forrester, who encouraged him to write his experiences in Libya. His story was later published anonymously in the Saturday Evening Post. This success was followed by other published stories in newspapers and magazines, including a series in Cosmopolitan.

In 1946, Dahl’s first short-story collection was published, followed by his dark book for adults called, Some Time Never, in 1948.

Roald Dahl married to an American actress, Patricia Neal, in 1953 and they had five children together.

Between 1955 and 1968, Dahl wrote a script for a Broadway play and scripts for the television Alfred Hitchcock Presents series as well as co-writing the screenplays for You Only Live Twice (James Bond) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. During this period he also published his children’s books James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as some adult novels. Fantastic Mr Fox was published in 1970 followed by Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile and My Uncle Oswald.

Sophie and the BFG from The BFG

Roald Dahl died on the 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74.

You can read my reviews of my favourite three Roald Dahl books here:


Who2 Biographies
The Official Roald Dahl Website

A wonderful tribute to this amazing author who still is a huge part of children’s lives. thanks Robbie.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

May 02, 2019 Jacquie rated it Five Stars

The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon tea, and on special occasions small gifts and treats.

I found it fascinating to read the lives of those not directly involved in the war effort. The average citizens just trying to survive what must have been a frightening time. While Elsie is young, she still grasps the stress her parents are under to provide a safe, warm home for their family.

Standout lines:

Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany since 1 September 1939, and the little girl could not remember a time when the distribution of food, coal, and clothing had not been controlled. She listened for the sound of bomber planes and air raid sirens without even realising it and even possessed her own gas mask.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
The air raid shelter smelled damp and musty, and the dark felt as thick as velvet curtains before Father lit the paraffin lamp.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
This is an enlightening read about village life in wartorn times.

I give While the Bombs Fell 5 lovely Kisses!

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About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

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Thanks to Robbie for allowing me to browse through her archives to select some posts to share with you..

35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Kidsbooks – The life of Roald Dahl by Robbie Cheadle

  1. Thanks, Sally. Fascinating article about R. Dahl. Having had three sons and worked with lots of children as a Dinner Lady for ten years,I know how much the author’s style appealed to children. Well done Robbie. xx

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  2. Roald Dahl wrote many books that made lasting impacts. I saw the newer version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I must see the older version. Thank you for your post, Robbie. Thank you, Sally for finding this gem.

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  3. Thank you Robbie for writing this piece on one of my favorite children’s authors. I don’t think a year went by when I failed to read 1-2 books by Roald Dahl to my classes. They loved The Witches, The BFG, and the Twits.

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