Brian Jacques

Born in Liverpool, England, Brian Jacques was the author of the popular Redwall series, as well as several other books.


Brian was a storyteller from a very young age. When he was in 5th grade, he wrote a story about a bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth- but it was so good that his teacher did not believe he wrote it! Since Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was beaten for "lying".

Years later, as an employee of Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, Brian Jacques wrote Redwall. When he showed it to his friend Alan Durband, Alan immediately sent it off to a publisher (without telling Brian), with a note attached stating that they would be fools not to publish it. And so Redwall came to the world.

Jobs and Talents

Brian Jacques has done, and is good at, many things besides writing books. Some things he has been:

a folksinger, stand up comic, radio show host, poet, newspaper columnist, playwright, policeman, sailor, bus driver, and fireman.

How many authors can claim to have had that kind much experience?


Brian Jacques is full of wit and wisdom. While many quotes from his writing reflect his philosophies on war and other serious subjects, goofy quotes also seem to be one of his specialties.

The Books

Brian has written 34 books, including the Redwall series, The Ribbajack, and Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.

The Redwall series

The Television Show

In August 1999, Nelvana (a Canadian animation studio) produced a kid's TV series version of Redwall, lasting three seasons. This was soon followed by TV versions of Mattimeo and Martin the Warrior. While Nelvana did a fair job with it, the series was nowhere near as good as the books (But of course). Here is a short clip from the show.

In Memoriam

Sadly, on February 5, 2011, Brian Jacques died of a heart attack, at 71 years old. Many have made tribute to him through art, writing and more. He will live forever in the memories of many, as well as in his writing. In his own words:“They say that fame is fleeting...but writing is always there.”


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