Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Review by Kelly Apter, The List,

6 September 2017

**** "Tom Solomon has hit on something rather special and unique with his new show...  What better way to teach us how vaccines interact with white and red blood cells, than to get a group of kids up onstage, dressed in appropriately coloured t-shirts to act it out?"

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine Primary Times Children's Choice Awards Review

19th August 2017

"A must for all the Roald Dahl fans out there."

"I loved it, I loved all of it" - Aiden, aged 5 1/2 

Taking a dose of Roald Dahl’s marvellous medicine 

Book Review by Peter Ranscome, 22 July 2017

Solomon’s description of the diseases and the workings of the human body are especially clear, as would be expected from an experienced science communicator. What’s more surprising is the creativity and style shown in Solomon’s writing.

Minpins and medicine: the life of Roald Dahl

Book Review by Isobel Lokady, The Lancet Neurology, July 2017

"Solomon’s experience as a science communicator is obvious, and in these places the book shines: the science is described clearly, with minimal jargon, but also without the condescension or oversimplification that frequently fetters popular science writing . . .  wholly engaging and thoughtful."

Minpins and medicine: the life of Roald Dahl

Book Review by Isobel Lokady, The Lancet Neurology, July 2017

"Solomon’s experience as a science communicator is obvious, and in these places the book shines: the science is described clearly, with minimal jargon, but also without the condescension or oversimplification that frequently fetters popular science writing . . .  wholly engaging and thoughtful."

Marvellous Medicine Family Show

Open House, University of Liverpool, 20 May 2017

Reviewed by Jackie Elliot for Families Online: "My children came away knowing a great deal more about the body as well as having had a splendiferous time!"  Photos from the event

A Dahl-icious evening: fireside with Professor Tom Solomon

Northern Ireland Science Festival, 17 February 2017

Stella Hughes reviews An Unexpected Evening with Roald Dahl's Doctor at the Northern Ireland Science Festival: a "unique and entertaining live show"

Book Review: Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine by Tom Solomon  - Barbara A. Wilson

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation - an International Journal, 8 December 2016

This book is a delight to read and at times will bring you to tears . . . (it) will make you laugh out loud . . . full of incident, highly readable and informative . . . I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it

The Shelf Life - Book Interview: Tom Solomon

Times Higher Education, 27 October 2016

The professor of neurology on the doctor’s life, treating and befriending a treasured author and bringing memoir, medical biography and pop-sci together in writing Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine

Brain damage released Dahl's creativity

The Times, 9 September 2016

Arts correspondent Jack Malvern wrote an article in the Times following the Fizzwhizzing Cheltenham event

"Dr Solomon believes that the writer did damage a part of his brain

Book review: Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

The Times Literary Supplement, 9 September 2016

Tom Shippey reviews Professor Tom Solomon's new book

"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"

Now Appearing: Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Popular Science Book Reviews, 23 September 2016

Brian Clegg (Editor)

"Solomon very effectively makes use of their conversations as leaping off points both to take us through Dahl's fascinating life story and the medical incidents that peppered the author's life."

Roald Dahl and the Big Friendly Neuroscientist

The Lancet Neurology, 13 July 2015

Peter Ranscombe's review of Tom Solomon's show at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, 2015

"Solomon is a skilful and experienced science communicator . . .  His delivery was light, almost to the point where it was reminiscent of a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe."

Biffsquiggled by the BFG

The near death experience of Roald Dahl's wife inspired his magical way with words

The Radio Times, 16 July 2016

Michael Hodges interviews Tom Solomon about the origin's of The BFG's Gobblefunk Language as Steven Spielberg's film The BFG is released in the UK

". . . this enormously tall man with big sticking-out ears, wrapped in a big dressing gown and with very twinkly curious eyes was watching me. It was almost like looking up at the BFG."