Roald Dahl 100

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of the world's most beloved storytellers, famous for weaving magical and extraordinary tales that spoke to both children and adults alike. And well, because 2016 marks the 100th year of his birth, we feel it only fitting to pay tribute.

Many of us here at team InStyle grew up reading Roald Dahl's books and poems, filling our innocent heads with tales of giant peaches, marvellous medicines and chocolate factories - and we've since passed that gloriumptious nonsense on to the children in our own lives. In fact, without Roald Dahl, many of us may not have even become writers. So for that, we say thanks to the wonderful Roald Dahl. Happy 100th birthday, you scrumdiddlyumptious chap you.

Check out team InStyle's best Roald Dahl bits...

'I LOVE Roald Dahl and the amazing Quentin Blake illustrations that go with his stories. The Witches scared me to my core when I was little. He was just the most imaginative story teller and took you with him into a world  full of fantasy and wonder.' Zoe Newsome, Producer & Bookings Editor

'LOVE Roald Dahl! Me and my sister grew up reading the books and watching the films.'

'I love The Twits, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches…oh my god, too much. Ultimate fave must be Matilda though, me and my sister used to read it all the time together. She bought be the film on VHS (old school) when I was a kid and I watched it at least twice a week growing up. I was always a bit too scared to watch The Witches with her though.' Jamie Spence, Deputy Picture Editor

'My favourite life advice from Danny Champion of the World…'

'I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.'' Chloe MacDonnell, Features Writer

'Roald Dahl has been a pretty constant author in my life — from the obvious ones like Matilda and The BFG to his (very dark) short stories. The one which I think of most fondly (and often) is The Minpins — the one about tiny people who live in trees which I used to read when I was a child. I do like that bit in The Enormous Crocodile when the children use it as a seesaw. And also when Danny The Champion Of The World sews sleeping tablets into raisins. Pretty much all of the stories are memorable and great.' Rebecca Gillam, Digital Writer

'This is from The Twits – which is like all Roald Dahl's work much more than just a kids book – it's actually a clever parable about a hilariously dysfunctional relationship. There's a bit in it which I love which is,  'if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely'. That's a great thought to start your day with.' Emily Dean, Deputy Editor

'My personal fave, from the man himself:

'I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I'll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else. Brains is one of the least. You can be a lovely person without brains, absolutely lovely. Kindness - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind. If you're kind that's it.'' Niki Browes, Associate Editor

'My favourite quote is from George’s Marvellous Medicine - ‘Never grow up – just down.’' Katie Thomas, Beauty Editor

'Revolting Rhymes is the one. It’s a bunch of classic fairytales but as told with a slightly more cynical/gory twist. Example – Cinderella where the ugly sisters chop of their own toes to try and make the glass slipper fit. I think this sums up the general vibe:

‘I guess you think you know this story.
You don’t. The real one’s much more gory.
The phoney one, the one you know,
Was cooked up years and years ago,
And made to sound all soft and sappy
Just to keep the children happy.’'

'Brilliant.' George Driver, Beauty Writer

'Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.’ I was so into Matilda by Roald Dahl as a child, and I think this is life advice to cherish. And, if I can be greedy, this is another quote from Matilda that gives me all the feels: ‘If you are good, life is good.’ And it’s true. Suzannah Ramsdale, Digital Editor

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