Dick King-Smith was born in the English county of Gloucestershire in the year 1922. He was a successful children’s author, although his first story was not published until he was 58 years old. Despite his late start, King-Smith went on to publish more than a hundred children’s novels.
Before becoming a writer, King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guard during WWII. He married, had children, and worked as a farmer for the following twenty years after completing his military service. He then chose to change jobs totally, working for seven years as a teacher in a small elementary school. He wrote his first children’s story at this time period. He decided to become a freelance writer in 1982 because it was so successful.
King-Smith was named Children’s Author of the Year at the British Book Awards in 1992 for The Sheep-Pig, which earned an important Children’s Fiction Award. ‘I came late to writing — after a good long time farming,’ King-Smith stated of himself. Later, I taught small children (and have ten grandkids of my own), and it is because of their potential enjoyment of a narrative that I enjoy writing it.’ The author grew up in a seventeenth-century cottage close to his birthplace. In 2011, he passed away