Book review: Love from Boy. Roald Dahl’s Letters To His Mother, edited by Donald Sturrock

Love From Boy

Love From Boy

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It must have been fabulous fun being Roald Dahl’s mum.

Sofie Magdalene received letters every week from her son and she kept every single one of them.

The eccentric author was just a little boy when he started sending the letters home from boarding school. His mum was his first reader and she must have had some real laughs.

For the letters chronicled Dahl’s adventures, frustrations and opinions, from the delights of his childhood to the excitement of flying as a World War II fighter pilot and the thrill of meeting top politicians and film stars during his time as a diplomat and spy in Washington.

Now Dahl’s fans can read those letters through this wonderful book edited by author Donald Sturrock. The letters are littered with jokes and madcap observations, sometimes serious, sometimes tender and often outrageous.

A fantastic book which pays tribute to a fantastic story- teller!

Love from Boy. Roald Dahl’s Letters To His Mother, edited by Donald Sturrock, published by John Murray in hardback, £20, www.johnmurray.co.uk