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Roald Dahl celebrated through Royal Mail stamps

10th January 2012

A series of stamps featuring characters from a number of Roald Dahl's most famous books has been released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of one of his most beloved titles, The BFG.

As well as the titular giant from that book, the stamps feature characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches.

Each stamp features an illustration by the author's long-time collaborator Quentin Blake - something that would have 'thrilled' Dahl, his daughter Ophelia said.

'My dad wrote thousands of letters home throughout his life and never dreamed that one day one of his own characters would grace a stamp,' she added.

The BFG is celebrated with a special collector's sheet of four stamps featuring scenes from the book and an excerpt from chapter 19, which Ophelia said is an 'excellent way to kick off a year of celebrations'.

Last year, a campaign was launched by Dahl's family to save the garden hut in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where the author wrote some of his classic tales, with an estimated GBP 500,000 needed to restore the outhouse to its former glory.

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