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    Brian Jacques' books were a huge part of my childhood. Hearing about this today seriously and genuinely bummed me out. It's a bit like losing a friend. All of his books still hold a prominent place on my bookshelf, even though I haven't read many of them in years. RIP, Redwall.

    Redwall author Brian Jacques dies aged 71

    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.

    He died after a heart attack at the weekend and leaves a wife and two grown up sons.

    Literary talent
    Mr Jacques grew up near to the docks in Liverpool and when he left school at 15, travelled the world as a merchant seaman.

    In the sixties, with his two brothers, he formed a folk group called The Liverpool Fishermen.

    He wrote 21 novels in the Redwall series, which were also turned into a TV series and an opera.

    Some critics compared them to JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down by Richard Adams.

    Even as a child he showed literary talent.

    He was caned by a teacher who could not believe that a 10-year-old could write so well when he penned a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile's teeth.

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    Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballarl View Post
    He was caned by a teacher
    Those were the days

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    Sucks, I read basically every single Redwall book as a kid.

    I was a lonely kid.

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    My roommate and I were just talking about these the other day. I've read the first half of the series, but kinda stopped once I was 10 or so. I loved these books so much though.
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