• He was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff. His parents were Norwegian.
  • He did not start writing for children until he had children of his own.
  • He wrote all of his children's stories in a small hut at the bottom of his garden.
  • He was a Hurricane fighter pilot during World War II.
  • He had two steel hips and six operations on his spine.
  • He wrote the screenplays for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Bond movie You Only Live Twice.
  • He originally wrote short stories for adults which were later published as Tales of the Unexpected.
  • He loved chocolate, but not chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.
  • He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper.
  • He died on 23 November 1990 and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Great Missenden.

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