BFG’s real life inspiration was Roald Dahl’s friend and snooker partner | Daily Mail Online

Walter Saunders, a 6ft 5in local builder, spoke with a thick rural accent, had a bulbous nose and sported a long, wrinkly face which beamed with warmth – characteristics which Dahl used to create the BFG.

The Daily Mail Online has a lovely article today about Wally Saunders, Roald Dahl’s friend and inspiration for The BFG. I was actually lucky enough to meet Wally myself in 2000 when I visited Gipsy House. He was a charming old fellow, but it did amuse me that I towered over the BFG!

Me and Wally