Farewell to Redwall: Brian Jacques, beloved British author of the popular children's series, Redwall, passed away on February 5.
Millions of children the world over have reveled in the fantasy land created for them in the Redwall series, both in the books, and later in the animated series, based on three of the novels (Redwall, Mattimeo, and Martin the Warrior), which first aired in 1999.
A former merchant sailor whose children's books sold millions worldwide has died aged 71.
Brian Jacques' Redwall series of books were translated into 29 languages and sold 20m globally.
He first wrote the series, set in an abbey populated by animals, for children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool.
The Liverpool-born writer's weekly show, Jakestown, ran on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 20 years.
Jacques was a talented author from an early age. At ten, he was actually caned for writing an excellent story. Apparently his teacher suspected that he'd plagiarized it. Interesting teaching methods. Even though we've no proof of cheating, let's beat the children, just in case. Regardless, he didn't let a little thing like caning stop him, and continued on to become one of the "best children's authors in the world".
Rest in peace, Brian Jacques, and thank you.
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