Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine
In this unique book, the award-winning science communicator Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after the nation’s favourite children’s author towards the end of his life, examines Dahl’s interest in everything medical. Taking examples from Dahl’s life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. At the same time the book is peppered with anecdotes from Dahl’s late night hospital discussions with Solomon, which give new insights into this remarkable man’s thinking as his life came to an end.
Intimate and compelling, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine will fundamentally change your understanding of some of the best-loved stories of childhood.
Tom Solomon is a doctor, world-leading researcher, and an award-winning science communicator. Nowadays, as a Professor of Neurological Science and Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, he confronts global health challenges such as Ebola and Zika virus, but in 1990 he was a junior doctor tasked with looking after Roald Dahl. He tweets @RunningMadProf.
About the Author
PART ONE: A TOWERING GIANT
Chapter 1: The Witching Hour
Chapter 2: Prodding and Poking
Chapter 3: Into Africa
Chapter 4: Crash
PART TWO: THE GREAT INVENTOR
Chapter 5: A Lucky Piece of Cake
Chapter 6: Tales
Chapter 7: Threats and Dangers
PART THREE: AN ENORMOUS SHADOW
Chapter 8: 'It'll Be Good for Them'
Chapter 9: A Clue Here
Chapter 10: A Shot in the Arm
PART FOUR: GOBBLEFUNKING
Chapter 11: A Bubble Bursts
Chapter 12: The Mysterious Joy of Language
Chapter 13: The Cabbage and the Giant
Chapter 14: Thousands Across the Country
PART FIVE: NO BOOK EVER ENDS
Chapter 15: Rusting to Pieces
Chapter 16: The Patient
Chapter 17: The Last Night
Overall, the story of Dahl’s life is only part of the concoction that is Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine, and the book provides novel insight into the less discussed aspects of the life of this well-loved and fascinating author.
Isabel Lokody, The Lancet
Solomon’s book shows how deeply medicine and illness permeated Dahl’s life, explaining much about his character, his achievements and even (perhaps) his creativity.
Tom Shippey TLS
Publication: September 13, 2016