Publication of Matilda; birth of fourth grandchild
Roald Dahl's Matilda, which would become his last long children's book, is published.
It was a book Roald had had great difficulty in writing. In Storyteller, Donald Sturrock quotes Roald saying: "I had awful trouble with it... I got it wrong... the main character, the little girl kept changing."
The published book went on to enjoy great success however, and shortly after its release it was to win that year's Children's Book Award.
1988 also sees the birth of Roald's fourth grandchild, Phoebe Faircloth. Phoebe is Lucy Dahl's first child.
Speaking in 1988, Roald Dahl talks to interviewer Todd McCormack about what was then his newest book - and the troubles he had writing about Matilda