Author Brian Jacques Dies at 71

Brian Jacques (pronounced ‘jakes’), beloved author of the Redwall series, died Saturday at the age of 71.  Jacques’ interest in writing began at an early age and he was inspired by the many adventure stories he read, including books by authors Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Kenneth Grahame.  He was also influenced by the rationing during World War II, placing elaborate feasts in his books.  Jacques’ first career was as a merchant seaman and he also was part of a singing group called “The Liverpool Fishermen” in the sixties.  His first book, Redwall, was written for a school for the blind, so he included many details for the children to imagine.  He is survived by his wife and two grown sons.

Although Brian Jacques has written other books, he is best know for the Redwall series.  The 22nd and final book of the series, The Rogue Crew, is scheduled to be published in May of this year.

If you have read and loved any of Brian Jacques books, please feel free to leave a comment.

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  2. Sally Says:

    Brian Jacques was my favorite author. I’ve loved Redwall ever since I could understand what they were saying. I will miss you Brian Jacques :'(.

  3. Chelsie Says:

    Oh my gosh, Wow, this is so sad. He’s one of my favorite authors. How awful.