In his wingback armchair, with sharpened HB pencils and yellow legal notepads to hand, a baize-covered board propped across his lap, and curtains drawn in his private writing hut, Roald Dahl was a prolific author of books for both children and adults.
He tended to author novels when writing for children and short stories when writing for adults. Here we provide a breakdown of the number of books Roald Dahl wrote. You may also be interested in the complete list of Road Dahl books.
Above: Roald Dahl busy at work in his writing hut.
49 – the total number of books published by Roald Dahl, including collections and books published after his death, but not including screenplays and plays.
21 – the total number of these books that were written for children.
18 – the number of children’s novels.
3 – the number of books of poetry for children.
6 – the number of non-fiction books, excluding his autobiographies but including the 2016 World Book Day title, The Great Mouse Plot (published posthumously and featuring a chapter from ‘Boy’).
2 – the number of books that make up Roald Dahl’s autobiography, firstly ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’ followed by ‘Going Solo’.
18 – the number of books of short stories for adults.
2 – the number of adult novels he published.