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‘Reading Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark humour as a kid gave Squirrel Boy author Dave Lowe the determination to write his own funny books – and the reassurance that even a master storyteller doesn’t find it easy’

Read the full feature by Dave Lowe about Roald Dahl’s influence on his own work in The Guardian.  Dave also comments on the challenges of being a writer and says:

‘I was relieved to find out that Roald Dahl struggled with these things, too, constantly editing and rewriting each book until it was as polished as it could possibly be. There’s something comforting about this: that even the master storyteller didn’t find it easy.’

The first two books in Dave’s Squirrel Boy series (Phoenix Yard) are available to buy on the Guardian website.

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