Roald Dahl's family seeks to preserve 'writing hut'

13 September 2011 - 14:12 By Sapa-AP
At Roald Dahl's house, Gipsy Cottage, in Great Missenden. Roald Dahl's gipsy caravan immortalized in 'Danny the Champion of the World'.
At Roald Dahl's house, Gipsy Cottage, in Great Missenden. Roald Dahl's gipsy caravan immortalized in 'Danny the Champion of the World'.
Image: George Mahoney

The family of Roald Dahl is trying to raise the funds to preserve a hut in which the late writer wrote tales of big friendly giants and magical chocolate factories.

The family hopes to raise $790 000 to stop the 50-year-old shed - preserved as it was when Dahl died in 1990 - from falling apart.

They plan to move the structure from the backyard of Dahl's former house outside London to the nearby Roald Dahl Museum.

Dahl's granddaughter, model Sophie Dahl, said the family wanted to share the writer's "palpable magic and limitless imagination" with visitors.

But some people have balked at spending so much money on a shed.

Tuesday would have been the 95th birthday of Dahl - the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.

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