Dahl attended Llandaff Cathedral School for just two years. Then from the ages of nine to thirteen he attended St. Peter's Preparatory School in Weston-super-Mare, England. He did not enjoy the school because many of the teachers were cruel and often caned the students. Dahl was good at cricket and swimming, but he performed poorly in class. One of his main hobbies was reading, and some of his favourite novelists were the adventure writers Rudyard Kipling and H. Rider Haggard.