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Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

Biography

Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the county of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. Later he taught at a village primary school. His first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Hodgeheg, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995). At the British Book Awards in 1991 he was voted Children's Author of the Year. In 2009 he was made OBE for services to children's literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight.

Interview

PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
Bitten, Gloucestershire; 27 March 1922

FAVOURITE BOOK:
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
A very small china owl, given to me by my mother's mother.

FAVOURITE SONG:
'Spread a little happiness' by Sonnie Hale

FAVOURITE FILM:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

When did you start writing?
Started my first book for children, The Fox Busters, in 1976 got it published in 1978. Since then I have written so many books that I've rather lost count, but I think that at the moment (December 1997) the total is 107. A few are for very young children, a few are factual about pets and the countryside, a few are in verse; most are aimed at the seven to eleven age-range. Recently I have written two, Godhanger and The Crowstarver that are for teenagers or adults.

Where do you get your ideas?
So...

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

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  • The Water Horse
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 03 2008
  • 5 - 8 years
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  • Dinosaur Trouble
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 03 2006
  • 5 - 8 years
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  • Under the Mishmash Trees
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 03 2005
  • 8 - 12 years
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  • The Queen's Nose
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 17 2005
  • 8 - 12 years
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  • Magnus Powermouse
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  • Paperback: Jan 17 2005
  • 8 - 12 years
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  • Just Binnie
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 17 2005
  • 8 - 12 years
The Hodgeheg jacket image
  • The Hodgeheg
  • Puffin Classic
  • Paperback: Nov 25 2004
  • 8 - 12 years
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  • Martin's Mice
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  • Paperback: Feb 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
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  • The Jenius
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  • Paperback: Feb 26 2004
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  • Smasher
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  • Paperback: Jan 29 2004
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  • George Speaks
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  • Paperback: Jan 29 2004
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  • The Schoolmouse
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  • Paperback: Jan 29 2004
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  • The Fox Busters
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  • Paperback: Jan 29 2004
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  • Dumpling
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  • Paperback: Sep 26 2002
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  • Dinosaur School
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  • Paperback: Sep 26 2002
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  • Blessu
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  • Paperback: Aug 29 2002
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  • Fat Lawrence
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  • Paperback: Jul 26 2001
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  • The Magic Carpet Slippers
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  • Paperback: Jan 25 2001
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  • Poppet
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  • Paperback: Jul 29 1999
  • 5 - 8 years
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  • Harry's Mad
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  • Paperback: Jan 28 1999
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Lady Daisy jacket image
  • Lady Daisy
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  • Paperback: Jan 28 1993
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  • The Mouse Family Robinson
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  • Paperback: Jan 31 2008
  • 8 - 12 years
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  • The Invisible Dog
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  • Paperback: Aug 05 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
The Hodgeheg jacket image
  • The Hodgeheg
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  • Paperback: Jun 30 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
The Sheep-pig jacket image
  • The Sheep-pig
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  • Paperback: Mar 03 2011
  • 8 - 12 years
The Sheep-pig jacket image
  • The Sheep-pig
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  • Paperback: Aug 05 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
The Golden Goose jacket image
  • The Golden Goose
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  • Paperback: Aug 05 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
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  • The Invisible Dog and The Sheep Pig bind-up
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  • Paperback: Jan 02 2014
  • 8 - 12 years

Awards

Children's Author of the Year

Hon. M.Litt. (Bristol)

Hon. MA (Bath)

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