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Brian Jacques - Author

About the Author

Brian Jacques (pronounced “Jakes”) was born into a Liverpool Irish family on the eve of World War Two and grew up close to the docks. He began reading at an early age and was especially keen on adventure stories by writers such as Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Rice Burroughs. After leaving school aged fifteen, Brian set out to find real-life adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many exotic places; from New York to Valparaiso to Yokohama. It was an exciting time but the life of the sailor proved lonely and he decided to return home to Liverpool. Brian wrote his first book, Redwall, for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind. He first came into contact with the children through delivering milk to the school. He started reading books to them but saw that the stories were not sufficiently firing the kids’ imaginations. He decided to try a story of his own. “I didn’t have a typewriter and I was skint, so I went and bought dozens of 30p pads and sat up all night.” Brian was signed up on the spot for the first five Redwall adventures. The series has proved phenomenally successful throughout the world. There are over seven million copies of the 14 Redwall books in print. They are published in 19 countries and 16 languages. Brian died in 2011. He had two grown sons: Marc, a builder, carpenter and bricklayer, and David, a professor of Art and a muralist. Brian wrote Mariel of Redwall in honour of his granddaughter Jade and dedicated The Great Redwall Feast to her.

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Other books by Brian Jacques

Redwall

Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2017

Perfect for fans of C. Alexander London's The Wild Ones,and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.The question in thisfirst volume is resoundingly clear: What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten-except, that is, by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. Teeming with riddles, humor, unforgettable characters, and high-bounding adventure, the original Redwall, the launching point for a series that has captured the world's attention.

Martin the Warrior

Martin the Warrior

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2017

A shadow has fallen on the shore of the Eastern sea, a shadow called Marshank. In this cold stone fortress a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of innocent creatures as slaves, part of his scheme to build an empire where he will rule as unquestioned tyrant. Among those slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's heart, and a burning desire for freedomfreedom not only for himself, but for all of Badrang's victims. There is no risk he will not take, no battle he will not fight, to end the stoat's evil reign, and in the process regain the sword of his father, Luke the Warriorthe sword that Badrang stole from him when he was but a lad. Once again master storyteller Brian Jacques has crafted an epic adventure and filled it to the bursting point with unforgettable characters, including villains so hilariously evil you'll barely be able to keep from hissing at them, and loveable woodland creatures so brave you'll want to stand and cheer as they fight for their freedom.

Outcast of Redwall

Outcast of Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2017

The Long Patrol

The Long Patrol

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2014

Damug Warfang, head of a thousand Rapscallions - the deadliest horde of foebeasts ever to jump from ship to store - is looking for slaughter and plunder. Can any beast stand against the conqueror and his savage troops? Tammo's dream comes true when he is given the chance to run with the Long Patrol, the legendary fighting hares of Salamandastron. . .

The Long Patrol

The Long Patrol

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Damug Warfang, head of a thousand Rapscallions - the deadliest horde of foebeasts ever to jump from ship to store - is looking for slaughter and plunder. Can any beast stand against the conqueror and his savage troops? Tammo's dream comes true when he is given the chance to run with the Long Patrol, the legendary fighting hares of Salamandastron...

The Bellmaker

The Bellmaker

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

When Joseph the Bellmaker is warned in a dream that his daughter, Mariel, is in danger, his hopes of saving her are slim. For the evil Foxwolf and his horde of rats are coming to Southsward and Mariel is his prisoner. But Joseph and his four young warrior friends lead a crusade against Foxwolf and his invading grey rat army. And can the legendary Martin the Warrior return from the past to save them. Or is it too late ...?

The Bellmaker

The Bellmaker

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

When Joseph the Bellmaker is warned in a dream that his daughter, Mariel, is in danger, his hopes of saving her are slim. For the evil Foxwolf and his horde of rats are coming to Southsward and Mariel is his prisoner. But Joseph and his four young warrior friends lead a crusade against Foxwolf and his invading grey rat army. And can the legendary Martin the Warrior return from the past to save them. Or is it too late . . .?

Marlfox

Marlfox

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

Queen Silth rules Castle Marl from behind the curtains of her palanquin. Greedy and vain, she has sent her six children into the world to plunder treasure. Stealth and cunning are the traits of the Marlfox. Known only in Redwall country by legend, they are said to able to appear and disappear by magic. When the strange creatures begin to appear in Mossflower Woods, it is clear that evil is abroad. A kidnapping and a cunning raid to steal the beautiful Redwall tapestry confirm the worst; Redwall is under threat! Three young friends, fated by the prophecy of Martin the Warrior, pursue the villains in a quest of daring, courage and wit to return the beloved tapestry to its home.

The Taggerung

The Taggerung

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

The nomad clan of Sawney Rath can feel their fortunes changing, much for the better. The Mighty One, the next great leader, has been born within the walls of Redwall Abbey and, at any cost, Sawney Rath is determined to harness the power of this magnificent beast - the deadly Taggerung! A baby otter is kidnapped from Redwall by Sawney's ruthless band of villains called the Juska. They believe he is a Taggerung - a legendary animal said to have supernatural fighting skills. The young otter is raised by Sawney Rath as his own son and trained to be a ruthless killer, but the Redwall spirit cuts deep and as the Taggerung reaches adolescence he begins to dream of another life . . .

The Legend of Luke

The Legend of Luke

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A chance meeting with a young hedgehog maid who is visiting Redwall Abbey reveals to Martin the Warrior a tantalising glimpse of the early life, and family, he can scarcely remember. He sets forth from the Abbey to seek the truth about the father he barely knew, accompanied by his trusty friends Dinny, Trimp and Gonff. His journey takes him home to the northland shore, meeting friends and enemies, old and new, along the way and leading him to an extraordinary shipwreck. The wreck, the Arfship, is home to three ancient, veteran warriors who have in their possession a dusty old volume. Inside is the story of Martin's early life and the dramatic account of his father Luke's pursuit of his hated enemy, the pirate stoat, Vilu Daskar. Brian Jacques' skilful narrative is told in three parts, interweaving the stories of father and son in yet another unforgettable Redwall experience.

Redwall

Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Welcome to Redwall Abbey. Inside its enormous doors, mice live in peace, helping those in need and throwing epic feasts for the great and the good of Mossflower Woods. But outside a grave threat is gathering. An army of evil rats led by a vicious, one-eyed warlord, is on its way. Matthias is just one little mouse but he knows it'll take more than stones and mouse-sized arrows to keep the rats at bay. Enlisting the help of a military hare, wild sparrows and argumentative stoats, Matthias sets out to defend his freedom, his friends, and the abbey he calls home. Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can learn to make a Redwall Abbey pudding! Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from Peter Pan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Seven Strange And Ghostly Tales

Seven Strange And Ghostly Tales

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2014

Dare you visit the vampire's tomb at midnight when the church bell tolls? Or descend to the fiery pits of hell with a boy who has sold his soul to the devil? If not, read no further. For these are strange and ghostly tales - gruesome, pitiful, spine-chilling . . . But don't be surprised to find that supernatural events can also be wickedly funny - and even raise a ghost of a smile!

Sad History of Gilly Bodkin (Storycuts)

Sad History of Gilly Bodkin (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Gilly Bodkin met a terrible accident in 1690 while searching for a sweetmeat. The poor boy's ghost is left to wander woods and highways searching for that elusive sweet that he lost his life trying to taste. This is his sad story. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Lies of Henry Mawdsley (Storycuts)

Lies of Henry Mawdsley (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Henry Mawdsley is a terrific liar. However, the more people get to know him, the less they believe in his lies - and it won't be long until nobody in his town believes a word he says! So when a chance encounter with the devil offers him the opportunity to have everyone believe his lies unconditionally for a week for the measly price of his soul, Henry jumps at the chance. But as the week draws to a close, and the date of Henry's descent into hell gets closer, he begins to fear for his life . . . Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Fate of Thomas P Kanne (Storycuts)

Fate of Thomas P Kanne (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Thomas P Kanne is the Phantom Snake, an elusive graffiti artist who has made many enemies in his attempts to vandalise his home city of Middlechester. Mr Bausin, the caretaker of the local museum is a seemingly harmless old man with a dark secret, but more importantly, a vendetta against the Phantom Snake. When Mr Bausin finally gets to confront his nemesis in the dark, abandoned corridors of the Egyptian exhibit, Thomas faces a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

RSB Limited (Storycuts)

RSB Limited (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

When Jonathan joins a new school, he is an easy target for R.S.B. Limited, three bullies who demand money in exchange for 'protection.' Unable to afford the rates, he is subjected to a humiliating daily ritual. However, a pale anonymous boy who looks eerily similar to Jonathan has been glimpsed around the school - and he's not going to let R.S.B. Limited get away with their bullying any more. Part of the Stroycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Jamie and the Vampires (Storycuts)

Jamie and the Vampires (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Jamie is just an ordinary boy dealing with ordinary struggles: trying to fit in and avoiding his overbearing mother. However, the discovery of what his friends call a Vampire's Tomb reveals an opportunity for Jamie to prove himself. All he has to do is wait in the graveyard as the church clock strikes midnight. He's not scared - vampires don't exist . . . right? Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Allie/Alma / Bridgey (Storycuts)

Allie/Alma / Bridgey (Storycuts)

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Allie/Alma', Alma is a very good girl who volunteers with the elderly in her free time. Allie is her wicked alter ego. While Alma courteously tends to her companions' needs, Allie is scheming to steal their precious heirlooms and artefacts. So it happens one day that Allie is so overcome by greed for a particular carved egg that she forgets to listen to its tragic history, unaware that she will be the next chapter in it. In 'Bridgey', our eponymous heroine is trapped as her uncle's slave, doing household chores from dawn until dusk with only a duck named Rafferty and a mysterious water monster called the Grimblett as her friends. One day, when Bridgey accidentally drops her uncle's treasured honey pot in the lake he flies into a rage and it is left to Rafferty and Grimblett to exact a harsh final punishment on him. Part of the Storycuts series, these two short stories were previously published in the collection Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales.

Loamhedge

Loamhedge

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2008

This is the sixteenth full length Redwall novel that sheds light on the Abbey's ancient origins in a thrilling adventure. Loamhedge, the deserted Abbey, has been forgotten for countless seasons. What secrets do its ruins hold? When it becomes clear that wheelchair-bound Martha might be cured by a formula buried there, two old warriors are inspired by the spirit of Martin the Warrior himself to go on a quest for the ancient Abbey and three young rebels are determined to go with them. Meanwhile, the giant badger Lonna Bowstripe thirsts for vengeance as he relentlessly pursues Raga BI and his murdering crew of Searats ...who are on there way to attack Redwall itself. The valiant Abbeybeasts must defend their home, but how can they when their boldest warriors are away on their quest? Will Redwall fall to vermin invaders at last?

Lord Brocktree

Lord Brocktree

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defences are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, but the badger Lord Brocktree, who is drawn to Salamandastron by an undeniable sense of destiny. But if he is to rescue the mountain from Trunn and his verminous hordes, he must gather about him an army capable of defeating them in battle. Together with the irrepressible haremaid, Dotti, and a host of brave creatures, Brocktree journeys to Salamandastron to fulfil his destiny. A captivating blend of heroism and adventure set against a backdrop of the legendary mountain fortress of Salamandastron.

The Pearls of Lutra

The Pearls of Lutra

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Ninth thrilling REDWALL adventure - new in PAPERBACK! Far away, on the isle of Sampetra, Emperor Ublaz - also scarily known as. . . . Mad Eyes - sends his fearsome lizards and seascum on a murderous mission to Redwall. Meanwhile Tansy and her fellow abbey dwellers frantically race against time to unravela fiendishly difficult set of riddles and rhymes left by the Fermald the Ancient. . .

Mariel Of Redwall

Mariel Of Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

The mousemaid Mariel is washed up on the shores of Mossflower country, half-drowned, battered and bruised but still alive! She has no idea of her identity but her incredible story of badger lords, fighting hares and Gabool the Wild Warlord of the Waters gradually unfolds and helps Redwall Abbey in its latest battle against evil sea rats ...

Salamandastron

Salamandastron

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

As Redwall slumbers in the summer sun, it is unaware that the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the weasel army of Ferahgo the Assassin, and that the deadly Dryditch fever is creeping towards the Abbey. But the sword of Martin the Warrior sends Samkin and Arula from Redwall over forest, swamp and great waters to try and save Salamandastron from being turned into a centre of evil power. . . . .

Outcast of Redwall

Outcast of Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Ferret Swartt Sixclaw and badger Sunflash the Mace are arch enemies who have sworn a pledge of death upon each other. Meanwhile, the Abbess of Redwall has banished a young creature from her Abbey. This harsh sentence forces a heart-breaking decision upon a young Redwall mousemaid and ultimately links her destiny to...the Outcast of Redwall.

Voyage of Slaves

Voyage of Slaves

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Ben and his Labrador, Ned, castaways of the Flying Dutchman, are cursed by an angel to roam the earth and sail the seas for all eternity, never stopping in one place and never growing a single day older. Now adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, the boy and his dog fall into the clutches of the brutal Slave Lord, Al Misurata. And so begins a daring and dangerous adventure that takes them from the Libyan coast to the Italian border in their quest to escape the curse of Captain Vanderdecken and his ghostly crew ...

Redwall

Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2006

The book that inspired a legendthe first novel in the bestselling saga of Redwall. Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is welluntil a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is comingCluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his savage hordeCluny, who has vowed to conquer Redwall Abbey! The only hope for the besieged mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior. And so begins the epic quest of a bumbling young apprenticea courageous mouse who would rise up, fight backand become a legend himself. ';The medieval world of Redwall Abbeywhere gallant mouse warriors triumph over evil invadershas truly become the stuff of legend.' Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Martin the Warrior

Martin the Warrior

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Badrang the Tyrant stoat, the evil Lord of the Eastern Coast, has forced captive slaves to build his fortress, Marshank. Among these slaves is an indomitable young mouse called Martin who, together with his friends Felldoh and Brome, escapes from the fortress, aided by Rose of Noonvale and Grumm the mole. So begins a tale of adventure love, treachery and deceit. The action is fast and furious scattered with characters like Cap'n Tramun Clogg, Ambella and her Pygmy shrews, and the Rambling Rosehip Players. A stirring yarn with all Brian Jacques' usual ingredients of feasts, rhymes, songs, battles and humour, and starring a legendary Redwall hero: MARTIN THE WARRIOR!

Mattimeo

Mattimeo

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Slagar the Fox is bent on revenge - and determined to bring death and destruction to Redwall Abbey. Gathering his evil band around him, Slagar plots to strike at the heart of the Abbey. His cunning and cowardly plan is to steal the Redwall children - and Mattimeo, Matthias's son, is to be the biggest prize of all ...

Mossflower

Mossflower

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Second thrilling REDWALL adventure This is the story of Martin the Warrior, the legendary founder of Redwall Abbey. When Verduaga Greeneyes, king of the wildcats, becomes tyrant truler over the creatures of Mossflower, the woodlanders begin a life of serfdom and cruelty. But then, one winter afternoon, a young mouse called Martin chances by the woods -bringing with him an indomitable spirit of adventure and will for freedom. . . . .

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REDWALL WINTER'S TALE_ A

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2003

A winter feast fit for Redwall appetites, along with mole clowns, juggling otters, flying squirrels and a hedgehog magician, send the Abbey babes fast asleep. All except Bungo who catches sight of the great Snow Badger - Lord of Wintertide. Packed with songs, rhymes, cheer and stunning full-colour illustrations, this special Redwall storybook is one to treasure.

The Tribes Of Redwall: Mice

The Tribes Of Redwall: Mice

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2003

The creatures of the Redwall sequence - from mice and badgers to otters and squirrels - hail from many different clans but it is not the vermin hordes that produce heroes of note; it is the tribes of valiant beasts that breed the likes of Martin the Warrior, Cregga Rose Eyes and Deyna, the legendary otter. Every book in this wonderful series reveals the secrets of the great Redwall creatures, tribe by tribe, and includes:--a fantastic, full-colour, pull-out poster--an introduction by Brian Jacques--the tribes' traits - formidable and fallible!--a close look at the greatest heroes --a quiz to test the most ardent Redwall followersThis is a series that no true Redwall fan can afford to be without. The third book in the series reveals the secrets of that scholarly, mischievous and mighty race - the Mice. Details of such legendary characters as Martin the Warrior, Columbine, Cornflower, Timballisto, Gonff the Mousethief, Mattimeo and Nimbalo are brought to light in this fascinating book.

The Pearls Of Lutra

The Pearls Of Lutra

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/1997

This is ninth thrilling Redwall adventure - new in paperback! Far away, on the isle of Sampetra, Emperor Ublaz - also scarily known as...Mad Eyes - sends his fearsome lizards and seascum on a murderous mission to Redwall. Meanwhile Tansy and her fellow abbey dwellers frantically race against time to unravel a fiendishly difficult set of riddles and rhymes left by the Fermald the Ancient...

Outcast of Redwall

Outcast of Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/1996

The eighth Redwall novel. An escape into the snowbound winter night starts a life-long feud between two young creatures, a badger and a ferret. By turns, Swartt Sixclaw and his sworn enemy, Sunflash the Mace, become hunter and hunted, in a tale stretching from the north to the east wastelands.

Seven Strange And Ghostly Tales

Seven Strange And Ghostly Tales

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/1992

Dare you visit the vampire's tomb at midnight when the church bell tolls? Or descend to the fiery pits of hell with a boy who has sold his soul to the devil? If not, read no further. For these are strange and ghostly tales - gruesome, pitiful, spine-chilling ...But don't be surprised to find that supernatural events can also be wickedly funny - and even raise a ghost of a smile!

Mossflower

Mossflower

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/1988

One late autumn evening, Bella of Brockhall snuggled deep in her armchair and told a story...The gripping account of how Redwall Abbey was established through the bravery of the legendary mouse Martin and his epic quest for Salamandastron.

Redwall

Redwall

Author: Brian Jacques Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/1986

Redwall Abbey, the tranquil home of a community of mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil one-eyed rat warlord - and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome armies, but he has reckoned without the courage and strength of the combined forces of Redwall mice and woodland animals; and without the terrifying power of Matthias, a young Redwall novice who treads through Cluny's most dreadful nightmares!

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