The renound children’s author Dick King-Smith, has passed away at the age of 88, after a long fight with poor health. His agent confirmed he passed away on Tuesday, January 4 , in his sleep at his home in Bath, England. The author is survived by his second wife Zona and his three children, in addition fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Formerly known as Ronald King-Smith he was one of Britain’s best-selling children’s authors. Early on his life he wanted to be a farmer, however he was sent to join the Grenadier Guards to fight in Italy during World War Two. After injuring himself in the war he returned home and returned to farming. After 20 years he gave up on farming as he wasn’t able to sustain his business. Instead he was a teacher in a primary school, outside Bath for a couple of years before he published his first book, back in 1978: The Foxbusters, at the age of 54.
In a career spanning just over three decades he wrote more then 100 books including Harriet’s Hare, The Invisible Dog, Horace and Maurice, and The Merrythought. For his outstanding contributions to the literary world he was awarded an Order of the British Empire honor in 2009.
Given his farming background, he was known for utilizing animals in some of his greater pieces. This includes The Water Horse, which became a film in 2007 starring David Morrissey and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and of course 1983’s The Sheep Dog, which went onto become the Oscar-nominated family-film Babe starring James Cromwell.