How to pronounce Brian Jacques: jakes (rhymes with makes)
"I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman,
truck driver, policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children's
novels," says Brian Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Yet it
is all too true. With the publication of his first children's book in 1987, the
award-winning Redwall, Jacques' fresh talent has received exceptionalpraise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it "a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the
excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I
hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights." The Redwall series consists of 23 books, including Martin the Warrior, Mossflower, Salamandastron, The Taggerung, and the last book in the series, The Rogue Crew.
A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool--as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright--Brian Jacques was the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques was well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England. Jacques passed away on February 5th, 2011.
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Brian Jacques (pronounced jakes)
DATE OF BIRTH:
15 June 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH:
The works of Mario Puzo, Damon Runyon, and P. G. Wodehouse are amongst Brians favourites. That is when he has time to read!
As you may already know Brian loves opera, but all music is a must I could not live without music
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
Teddy. Brians West Highland Terrier!
When did Brian start writing?
Brian knew from an early age, 10 years old in fact, that he would become a writer. Asked to write a story on his first day at school, Brian wrote a story about a bird that cleaned a crocodiles teeth. His teacher refused to believe that a ten-year-old could write that well, claming that the young Brian copied the story. When Brian protested his innocence he was branded a liar. It was then that Brian realised he had a talent for writing and indeed wanted to be a writer.
Where does Brian get his ideas and inspiration from?
Taking Teddy, the family dog for a walk is one of Brians favourite ways of clearing his mind for new ideas. Quite often ideas come to him in his dreams as well....
Blood at the Root
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