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Author Brian Jacques passes away

Author Brian Jacques passes away

The children’s author Brian Jacques has passed away. He was 71.

He first enjoyed some literary success in the 1970s when he had some short stories and poems published. He then spent a spell as resident writer at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

But it was not until the 1980s that he began writing what were to become the novels which made him famous.

The former merchant seaman had been working as a milk delivery man in Liverpool. Part of his round included the Liverpool Royal School for the Blind in the Wavertree area.

He was began writing stories for the pupils he met there. This led to what was to be his first book Redwell (1986). However, the manuscript may never have seen the light of day if had not been for a friend to showed it to a publisher wiithout Mr. Jacques’s knowledge.

He went on to write 20 novels in the Redwell series.

As well as writing, Mr. Jacques also presented for more than 30 years a weekly radio show, Jakestown, on BBC Radio Merseyside.


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