01/06/2011 05:22 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dick King-Smith Dead: Author Of Book That Inspired 'Babe' Dies At 88

Dick King-Smith, who has died aged 88, was one of the most delightful of children's authors, from one of the most unlikely backgrounds. Enormously successful and popular -- especially with The Sheep-Pig (1983), which was adapted into film in 1995 as Babe -- he came to writing for children late in life, after two previous careers, in both of which he always claimed to have been a complete failure.

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