Redwall author Brian Jacques dies at age 71
Jacques was born June 15, 1939 in Liverpool, England. At age 10, upon completing an assignment to write a story about animals, he was accused of lying about the origin of the story by a teacher who couldn't believe a 10-year-old would write that well.
The first Redwall novel was published in 1986. As of February 2011, the 22nd novel in the series has been announced for publication in May. His novels have sold more than twenty million copies, have been translated into 28 languages, and have been produced as an animated series.
Jacques and Redwall have many fans in the furry fandom, and the series is the inspiration for Redwall MUCK, but has also attracted criticism for such things as species typecasting and sameness.