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Pen name  Dick King-Smith
Period  1978–2007
Occupation  Writer
Name  Dick King-Smith

Nationality  British
Role  Writer
Ethnicity  English
Movies and TV shows  Babe
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Born  Ronald Gordon King-Smith27 March 1922Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, UK (1922-03-27)
Genre  Children's novels, picture books
Died  January 4, 2011, Bath, United Kingdom
Spouse  Zona Bedding (m. 2001–2011), Myrle King-Smith (m. 1943–2000)
Children  Liz King-Smith, Giles King-Smith, Juliet King-Smith
Books  The Sheep‑Pig, The Hodgeheg, The Fox Busters, Martin's Mice, The Queen's Nose
Similar People  Chris Noonan, David Parkins, Jay Russell, Jeremy Strong, Shana Corey

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Ronald Gordon King-Smith OBE, Hon.MEd (27 March 1922 – 4 January 2011), was a prolific English writer of children's books, primarily using the pen name Dick King-Smith. He is best known for The Sheep-Pig (1983), or Babe the Gallant Pig in the US. It was adapted as the movie Babe (1995) and translations have been published in fifteen languages. He was awarded an Honorary Master of Education degree by the University of the West of England in 1999 and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. Dick and Myrle had three children – two daughters (Juliet and Lizzie) and one son (Giles).


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Dick King-Smith’s first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978.

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Dick King-Smith grew up in the West Country, where his family ran several paper mills, and was educated at Beaudesert Park School and Marlborough College. He was a soldier in World War II, serving with the Grenadier Guards in Italy and a farmer for 20 years before he became a teacher at Farmborough Primary School and author. King-Smith's first book was The Fox Busters, published in 1978 while he was living and teaching in Farmborough. He was one of Britain's most prolific authors and wrote over a hundred books. In later life he lived in Queen Charlton, a small farming village near Bristol, contributing to the maintenance and conservation of the local area as the vice-president of the Avon Wildlife Trust. He married his first wife, Myrle, in 1943. They had three children Juliet, Giles and Liz. Myrle died in 2000, and King-Smith subsequently married Zona Bedding, a family friend.

He presented a feature on animals on TV-AM's children's programme Rub a Dub Dub. and also appeared regularly (in a similar capacity) on the similarly named Saturday morning TV series Rub-a-Dub Tub (1983).

King-Smith died at his home near Bath, Somerset, on 4 January 2011 at the age of 88. He was survived by three children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


King-Smith and The Sheep-Pig won the 1984 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children writers.


  • Harry's Mad (1993–1996): TV series based on Harry's Mad
  • The Queen's Nose (1995–2003): TV Series based on The Queen's Nose
  • Babe (1995): film based on The Sheep-Pig a.k.a. Babe, the Gallant Pig
  • Babe: Pig in the City (1998): film sequel using King-Smith characters
  • Foxbusters (1999–2000): TV cartoon loosely based on The Fox Busters
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007): film based on The Water Horse book
  • References

    Dick King-Smith Wikipedia

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