With £13m worth of sales for his children’s books so far, the comedian and long-distance swimmer has been described as the ‘Roald Dahl of his generation’Age: 42.Appearance: Genetically engineered for light entertainment.You mean the guy from Little Britain? That’s him. Although the sketch show is fast becoming a footnote in his ridiculous career.What’s ridiculous about his career? What isn’t? He’s a comedy actor/scriptwriter/Britain’s Got Talent judge/children’s author/long-distance swimmer. Each one of those is enough to fill some people’s entire lives.But he’s still mainly a comedian, isn’t he? For now, what with his sitcom Big School on BBC1 as we speak, but probably not for long.What’s happened? One of his sidelines has become so successful it has started to dwarf everything else.He’s become the world’s best talent show judge? No, not that. That’s clearly Amanda Holden.He’s become a world-class long-distance swimmer? Again, no. Although he’s pretty impressive. Walliams has swum the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the entire length of the Thames for charity.Then what? He’s become a multimillion-pound children’s author. According to one publisher he’s “the most successful children’s book writer for years” and “the Roald Dahl of his generation”.Seriously? Yep. He has sold over 2.5m copies of …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books