Going Solo

Going Solo

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This is the second part of Roald Dahl's remarkable life story that tells of his time working in Africa and his wartime exploits.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0141311428
  • 9780141311425
  • 755,203

Author information

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.show more

Review Text

A delightfully captivating swatch of autobiography from the author of Kiss. Kiss, Switch Bitch and many others. Schoolboy Dahl wanted adventure. Classes bored him, there was work to be had in Africa, and war clouds loomed on the world's horizons. He finds himself with a trainee's job with Shell Oil of East Africa and winds up in what is now Tanzania. Then war comes in 1939 and Dahl's adventures truly begin. At the war's outbreak, Dahl volunteers for the RAF, signing on to be a fighter pilot. Wounded in the Libyan desert, he spends six months recuperating in a military hospital, then rejoins his unit in Greece, only to be driven back by the advancing Germans. On April 20, 1941, he goes head on against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Athens. On-target bio installment with, one hopes, lots more of this engrossing life to come. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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