An author known for his Castaways from the Soaring Dutchman trilogy and his Redwall series, he also penned many collections of brief tales, including Seven Unusual and Ghostly Tales (1991) as well as the Ribbajack & Additional Inquisitive Yarns (2004). At a decade old, he wrote a tale about a parrot that cleans a crocodile’s tooth and was punished by his instructor, who believed he will need to have plagiarized the story. Many years later on (in 1986), he released the first publication in his well-known Redwall series. He remaining school at age group fifteen to join up for the vendor sea, and his following experiences inspired a few of his literary function. He was created in Liverpool, Britain to Wayne Jacques and Ellen Ryan. Along with his wife, Maureen, he previously two sons: David and Marc. Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of is own literary influences.
|1||Has just released his 16th Redwall novel, Loamhedge, in hardback edition. [October 2003]|
|2||He began his professional writing career as a playwright. He wrote three plays that were performed at the Everyman theater in Liverpool: "Brown Bitter," "Scouse," and "Wet Nellies." One of the child actors performing in those plays was Craig Charles, who later starred in the hit British TV series Red Dwarf (1988).|
|3||His last name is pronounced jakes.|
|Martin the Warrior: A Tale of Redwall||2001||TV Mini-Series novel|
|Redwall||TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes, 1999 novel "Redwall" - 2 episodes, 1999|
|Play for Today||1981||TV Series||'Heavy'|
|Redwall||1999||TV Mini-Series||Himself (pre-show and post-show segments)|
|Poems and Pints||1978||TV Series||Himself - Reader|
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|1||Recalling one of his favorite teachers as a teenager: "My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)"|
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