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Greatest Authors | Roald Dahl 100

Greatest Authors | Roald Dahl

Happy Roald Dahl Day Human Beans!

Today is a day we look forward to every year without fail, as it gives us the perfect excuse to shout about one of our all-time favourite authors, Roald Dahl.

And today marks 100 years of the wonderful man himself. What better way to celebrate than with an opportunity to win a phizz-whizzing prize?

We’re on a mission to find out which Roald Dahl character is loved the most by our World of Books customers, so tell us who your favourite is and why – for your chance to win two tickets to the matinee performance Matilda the Musical on 3rd December 2016.

You can tell us who your favourite character is and why in any of the following ways:

  • Head over to our Facebook page and comment on our wall – or our competition post.
  • Tell us on Twitter but be sure to include @worldofbooksltd
  • Comment on the blog post below
  • Email us your entry at [email protected]

Good luck to you all! We look forward to reading your gloriumptious entries.

Please only enter if you’re able to attend on that day as tickets are not transferable. Also make sure you have a read of the fine print below.

WORLD OF BOOKS 2016 Competitions Terms & Conditions:

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully prior to participating in World of Books Prize Draw (the “Prize Draw”). By participating in the Prize Draw each participant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Terms and Conditions.

1. Eligibility for Participation: The Contest is only open to individuals (referred to as “Participants”) Participants must be (i) a resident of the United Kingdom and (ii) over 18 years of age. Participants will only be entered into the contest once and are only allowed to win a prize of two tickets to see Matilda the Musical. World of Books employees and their immediate family are not permitted to enter the Prize Draw.

2. Access to Contest: The Participants enter the Contest by telling us, who their favourite Roald Dahl character is and why. Entries can be made on the World of Books Facebook ( Twitter ( – these entries must include @worldofbooksltd) and blog ( pages as well as emailed to [email protected]. A purchase or transaction is not required to participate or win. World of Books does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent through agents or third parties. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Any entries made by a person found to be using multiple Facebook/email accounts to enter the Prize Draws will be ineligible. Entries must be made by 23.59 GMT on 18/09/2016.

3. Winner is announced: Those selected to win the prize will be informed on 20/09/2016. Winners of all prizes will be notified via the channel they entered through. If the winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of the terms of the notification, another entry will be selected and the original winner will forfeit any prize.

4. The Prize: 2 x tickets to see Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London on 3rd Dec ‘16. This prize cannot be transferred, exchanged and no cash alternative is available. The Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-negotiable. The prize does not include travel or accommodation. There are no cash alternatives and the promoter’s decision is final. World of Books reserves the right to amend the prize or offer an alternative of equal or greater value.

5. Selecting winners: The winner will be selected at random by the World of Books Jury. The Jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to this decision.

6. Contest organizer: The Contest is organized by World of Books Ltd.

7. World of Books is not responsible for any lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries. If, for any reason, the Prize Draw is not capable of running as planned, as a result of any causes beyond the control of World of Books which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Prize Draw, World of Books reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Prize Draw and/or select winners from all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation.

8. World of Books reserves the right to (i) withdraw the competition (ii) cancel or change the promotion, (iii) cancel or refuse any individual’s entry and (iv) amend these terms and conditions at any time if circumstances make this necessary.

9. World of Books reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any Participant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Prize Draw; to be acting in violation of these Terms and Conditions; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person or contestant.

10. World of Books is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Prize Draw or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Prize Draw. World of Books is not responsible for any injury or damage to any Participant or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in connection with this Prize Draw.

11. Copyright: Upon submission, contest entries become the property of World of Books and each Participant relinquishes any claims of ownership or rights therein upon submission of their entry into the Contest. Entries may be shared on the World of Books social and email channels as part of the competition.

12. This Prize Draw shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts

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  • Reply Ashvi ilott September 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Grandpa Joe because he always sees the positive and tries his utmost to make Charlie and the rest of the family happy x

  • Reply Linda Roy September 13, 2016 at 8:11 am

    The Big Friendly Giant, because although he is different he can still be nice. Just because someone is ‘different’ doesn’t mean that they should be ignored or taunted – everyone has some ‘nice’ in them somewhere.

  • Reply Philippa Lord September 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Matilda, because she was so like me as a kid. A character I could really relate too, before the days of hermione granger!

  • Reply Eilis woods September 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Mrs Twit for her truly wicked sense of humour

  • Reply Cameron September 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    James from the Giant Peach as he is able to escape from poverty and the cruelty of his family life into a wondrous world full of adventure and escapism. It is pure Roald Dahl with a happy ending that many children will unfortunately, never get to experience.

  • Reply Robin H September 17, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I would say the. Greatest character was Roald Dahl himself. The exploits he got up to in his two biographical books, Boy and Going Solo were hilarious, gripping and moving all at the same time. They really showed where the imagination of the literary genius came from and how his life was as interesting as his creations

  • Reply Kerry Norton September 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Matilda is full of happiness, imagination and pure childhood magic no matter what trouble she has in her life she is a pure inspiration.

  • Reply Vanessa September 17, 2016 at 7:49 am

    My favourite character is definitely Matilda.
    She is such an adorable little girl and always friendly and helpful even though she has gone through difficult times. And I like her so much because she loves books as much as I do.

  • Reply Hannah-Leigh September 17, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The BFG because he defies our expectations and awful stereotypes by simply teaching us not to judge a book by its cover. He is also a wonderfully described character, who doesn’t apologise for his flaws, but tries his hardest to better himself. His wonderful and hilarious use of the English language is one of the reasons I love my job as an English teacher!

  • Reply Corin September 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Mr Fox, he was a hero I loved to read about when I was younger. No matter how dangerous or scary the problem was, he would always come out and top. Also, how he always managed to reassure his family even when he wasn’t to sure himself!

  • Reply The Thompson's September 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    George from George’s marvellous medicine. We all love the way he mixes his concoction of medicine for his awful grandma.

  • Reply Lucy Alexander-fuller September 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Muggle Wump – he is the clever cheeky monkey with a big heart.

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