Going Solo

Front Cover
Penguin UK, Feb 2, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
24 Reviews

In Going Solo, the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, tells of life as a fighter pilot in Africa.

'They did not think for one moment that they would find anything but a burnt-out fuselage and a charred skeleton, and they were astounded when they came upon my still-breathing body lying in the sand nearby.'

In 1938 Roald Dahl was fresh out of school and bound for his first job in Africa, hoping to find adventure far from home. However, he got far more excitement than he bargained for when the outbreak of the Second World War led him to join the RAF. His account of his experiences in Africa, crashing a plane in the Western Desert, rescue and recovery from his horrific injuries in Alexandria, flying a Hurricane as Greece fell to the Germans, and many other daring deeds, recreates a world as bizarre and unnerving as any he wrote about in his fiction.

'Very nearly as grotesque as his fiction. The same compulsive blend of wide-eyed innocence and fascination with danger and horror' Evening Standard

'A non-stop demonstration of expert raconteurship' The New York Times Book Review

Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
16
4 stars
6
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - areadingmachine - LibraryThing

A biography about the second half of Roald Dahls life that covers his time in the airforce as he flies against the Germans in WW2. Very moving and human Roald really invites us in to his life. What he ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

While Dahl's childhood (recounted in Boy) was disturbingly grim, Going Solo offers straight up adventure - a young man off to seek his fortune in the world, working for Shell Oil in East Africa, and ... Read full review

Contents

The Voyage
Dar es Salaam
The Green Mamba
Mdisho of the Mwanumwezi
Survival
First Encounter with a Bandit
The Ammunition Ship
The Argos Fiasco
Home
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.

Bibliographic information