Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dahl's 'Little Piece of London'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dahl's 'Little Piece of London'

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Roald Dahl was named the greatest storyteller of all time in a recent nationwide poll, beating Dickens, Shakespeare and JK Rowling.

The country's favourite author has enduring appeal, with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville currently honing his Welsh accent as he prepares to play him in a new film focusing on Dahl's marriage to the Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children.

Roald Work is also under way to turn a former sweetshop - now a Chinese takeaway - in Cardiff, that inspired some of the author's most famous plots, into a holiday rental, where book-lovers can imagine the scene of a childhood prank; Dahl supposedly put a dead mouse in a gobstopper jar at Mrs Pratchett's sweet shop on Llandaff high street.

For Dahl fans, there's also the chance to live in an exclusive cobbled courtyard that was once the home of the acclaimed author. …

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