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.
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Posted by: Beth