Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. Born in Wales, to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world’s best selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th Century” and his Awards for contribution to Literature include the 1983 “World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement”, and the “British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year” in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.