Okay, I've just spent the afternoon taking some books to my local charity shop, browsing at the library and then having a quick bite while reading - a nice way to spend time, I think you'll agree.
Which makes the news that Brian Jacques has passed away even more crushing when I returned. Brian Jacques is the author of the Redwall series, which has reached 22 books and been read by millions.
I first picked up his novels age nine and adored them. The food in particular made me drool! His characters were always fun and interesting. What I loved most about his stories was the fact that they highlighted attributes such as courage, compassion and honour.
Mr Jacques joins a growing league of authors that I read in my youth who have sadly gone to the great tavern in the sky: David Gemmell, David Eddings, Robert Jordan. I hate that the magic they've all provided has come to an end - but their legacy is the wonderful, fantastical stories that we can still read.
My condolences to the family of Brian Jacques. He will be missed.
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