1961 sees the publication of Roald's first famous book for children, James and the Giant Peach
1961 sees the publication of Roald's first famous book for children, James and the Giant Peach.
It is initially published in the USA only by Alfred A. Knopf, with whom Roald had previously published many of his earlier short story collections.
The process of writing James and the Giant Peach had been such a positive experience for Roald that by the time of its publication he had also begun work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Speaking in 1988, Roald Dahl talks to interviewer Todd McCormack about how he came to write about a Giant Peach...