NICE LITTLE NUMBER 12th September 2018

NICE LITTLE NUMBER 12th September 2018 BLOG  12th September 2018



1              21 – the number of children’s books that Dahl wrote, including books published posthumously (see the complete list of Roald Dahl books).

2              1,000,000 – the approximate number of Roald Dahl books sold worldwide each year.

3              50,000 – the initial US print run of The Gremlins (a further 30,000 were printed for the Australian market, however paper shortages during the Second World War meant reprinting was limited).

4              50 – the number of copies of  The Gremlins that Dahl ordered for himself, to distribute as promotional material. Amongst the recipients were Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, and the British Ambassador to the US, Lord Halifax

5              1978 – the year in which the first book illustrated by Quentin Blake was published (‘The Enormous Crocodile’).

6              2 – the number of screenplays that Dahl wrote (‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’).

7              283 – the number of words that Roald Dahl invented in his writing, including scrumdiddlyumptious, chiddler, frobscottle, and swishwiffingly.

8              Matilda The Musical (running since 2011) has had over 2,812 performances

9              $4 million Box Office $3 Million Budgrt Willy Wonka film with Gene Wilder 1971    –       Budget   $150 million    Box office  $475 million were the figures for the 2005 remake starring Johnny Depp

10           1 The position a Roald Dahl book, ‘The Great Mouse Plot’, reached in the official UK book chart for the first time (Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market report). The book, published on 03 March 2016, features a chapter from ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’ and was sold as a £1 World Book Day title.

11           302,300, the number copies sold of the 2007 edition of The Twits (Puffin),  which  made it the biggest selling single edition of any of Dahl’s books

12           990,711 combined figure sales across all editions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes it the clear winner as bestselling Dahl title

13           10.4 million books for £56.9m during the Nielsen BookScan UK  1998 -2016 period.

14           48 The number of books Dahl had published in total, adult & children’s, (not including published screenplays and plays). This total does include treasuries and collected works and books published after his death.

15           £80 The amount Roald Dahl paid local builder Wally Saunders (who inspired Dahl for the BFG) to build his Writing Hut

16           6×7 The dimensions in feet of his writing hut

17           2 the number of Dahl’s books estimated to be sold every minute of every day of the year.

18           10 million US dollars isthe figure Forbes say he was worth

19           4 The number of hours Dahl wrote every day. His writing schedule was said to be from 10 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm every single day.

20           3 The number of books Dahl wrote about Charlie Bucket, Charlie the main character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That was the first book, second was Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and he was writing a third book about the character Charlie Bucket when he died. The book was to be called Charlie Bucket and the White House but Roald passed away but finishing it.

Roald Dahl in his Writing Chair in his Writing Hut


On perspective:

‘A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.’

– Going Solo


This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.

-Maya Angelou


Happiness is…owning and using a Writing Shed


So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red rose and says ”Your eyes sparkle like diamonds”. I said, ”Waiter, I asked for a-ROMATIC duck”.


Love is…when one kiss leads to another…

And another… and another… and another… and another… and another… and another… to infinity


Raining In My Heart – Leo Sayer

Highest Chart Position: No.21 23rd December 1978



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