Ophelia Dahl: Extended Interview

Partners in Health executive director, Wellesley grad, daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal, 46, Cambridge.

Is it true that you’re writing a memoir about your father?
I was working on a memoir, and I’ve finished it. I had a contract with Random House and everything else. It’s complicated to write about your dad, but I loved it. I had a very close relationship with my dad, and I have good memories of him, but then it’s hard to write a memoir and be part of an organization as consuming as [Partners in Health]. I finished it, I put it away, and I sent back the contract — I don’t want to [publish] it.

Why on earth not?
I feel like I did it; I just didn’t share it with the public. Someone is writing an authorized biography. I think it’s going to come out later this year. I know the author quite well and he read my memoir, and so I feel as though pieces of the biography have been at least a little bit informed. He’s done a great deal of research and has gone over subjects I didn’t even touch.

How long did you work on yours?
Years, years. I feel like I learned a lot from it, and I don’t feel it’s wasted time at all.

What was it called?
The Storyteller’s Apprentice.

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    Thank you for your insight into how PIH responds to the need for help in multiple ways. Thank you for all you do
    for those in need. Matthew 25 indeed.

  • Brooke

    Thank you for your insight into how PIH responds to the need for help in multiple ways. Thank you for all you do
    for those in need. Matthew 25 indeed.