Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued by what doctors do, and why they do it. During his lifetime, he and his family suffered some terrible medical tragedies: Dahl nearly died when his fighter plane went down in World War II; his son had severe brain injury in an accident; and his daughter died of measles infection of the brain. But he also had some medical triumphs: he dragged himself back to health after the plane crash, despite a skull fracture, back injuries, and blindness; he was responsible for inventing a medical device (the Wade-Dahl-Till valve) to treat his son's hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and he taught his first wife Patricia to talk again after a devastating stroke. His medical interactions clearly influenced some of his writing - for example the explosive potions in George's Marvellous Medicine. And sometimes his writing impacted on events in his life - for example the research on neuroanatomy he did for his short story William and Mary later helped him design the valve for treating hydrocephalus. In this unique book, Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, examines Dahl's fascination with medicine. Taking examples from Dahl's life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl's medical interactions as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. Solomon is an award-winning science communicator, and he effortlessly explains the medical concepts underpinning the stories, in language that everyone can understand. The book is also peppered with anecdotes from Dahl''s late night hospital discussions with Solomon, which give new insights into this remarkable man's thinking as his life came to an end.
'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller! In this popular Dahl story, George creates a very special medicine to cure his grandma of her nasty habits. Now you can listen to GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! And look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.
The classic Roald Dahl story with fabulous full-colour illustrations by Quentin Blake. George Kranky's Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman. One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine. So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do. A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head. *WARNING: Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous. Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits. "A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams
GEORDIE'S GRANNIE WIS A GRABBIE CRABBIT AULD WUMMAN WI peeliewally broon teeth and WEE SNIRKIT-UP MOOTH like a DUG’S BAHOOKIE. As far as she’s concerned, Geordie can do nothing right. But when it’s time for him to give her a dose of her daily medicine, Geordie decides to mix up a concoction from his own recipe, with astonishing results! Sit back and watch what happens when Grannie takes a spoonful of Geordie’s magic broon brew in Matthew Fitt’s hilarious translation.
George Kranky created his own Marvellous Medicine to deal with his grizzly old grunion of a Grandma. You definitely can't do that at home (so don't even try!), but here's some amazing science that you can do! From concocting home-made slime to creating your own volcano, these fun experiments are all easily done, following simple step-by-step instructions and using everyday household objects. Inspired by Roald Dahl's terrific tale, this is the book for budding young scientists everywhere!
Six Marvellous Stories Including The BFG and Five Other Stories
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Six Roald Dahl favourites come together in this very special collection: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine, The BFG and The Twits. Complete with fun and fascinating extra material offering a sneak peek into the wonderful world of Dahl, this is a collection to treasure forever.
Which famous writer goes best with a hot dog? Roll Dahl of course! Laugh yourself silly with Roald Dahl's Marvellous Joke Book, filled with over 400 hilarious jokes, limericks and riddles, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Based on Roald Dahl's most famous characters you will be chortling away with Matilda, Charlie, George, The BFG, James and many more! Roald Dahl was full of fun and mischief, and LOVED all kinds of jokes- the sillier the better, like chocolate-covered chickens to grizzly, grouchy grandmas. This side-splitting book includes his own 'knock-knock' jokes, keeping all practising jokesters amused for hours!