Brian Jacques, 1939-2011

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?Fantasy author Brian Jacques died this weekend of a heart attack at the age of 71. He’s best known for his lengthy Redwall series, which had 21 books in it which have sold over 20 million copies world-wide. I never read them, but I know they’re much loved, and Jacques will be intensely missed by his readers. BBC News says that Jacques was once caned in school after turning in a short fiction story because his teacher couldn’t believe that a 10-year-old could write possibly write so well, and must somehow be cheating. That’s horrible, but it does help showcase his immense talents, even at an early age.