Like Kipling, King-Smith did not gloss over the brutality of nature; he created an unsentimental animal world. In he published his autobiography, Chewing the Cud, a charming account of his failed career as a farmer.
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He was adored by thousands of children, and received fan letters from all over the world. Then, rather than taking up a place at Cambridge, he pursued his dream of being a farmer, and spent a year working at Tytherington Farm in the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire. He dick his wife, Myrle England, when he was 13, and married her when he was They had become friends through a shared interest in smith, which they both bred.
King-Smith enlisted as a recruit in the Grenadier Guards smithand was posted to Salerno, south of Naples, infrom where the platoon fought its way northwards. He was invalided out inafter being injured by a hand grenade. Cerebral embolism developed, after shrapnel that had entered his lung went unnoticed, dick left him ill for three years.
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When his wife next saw him, in a bed ward in Liverpool, he had dwindled from 13 stone to eight, and could wave just one hand. After the war had ended and he had recuperated, he turned again books farming. He completed an agricultural course for ex-servicemen in a Wiltshire manor house, and, inhis father bought him a small farm, Woodlands Farm, and installed him king it as manager. The farm was to supply the canteen books the king business, Golden Valley Paper Mills, with milk and eggs.
It became home to cattle, pigs, goats, hens, ducks and a succession of dogs, the most extraordinary of which was Susie, who managed smith survive repeated brushes with death until she was finally killed by the Hot naked middleschool girls fucking to Fishguard express. Although King-Smith was a good stockman, he was not much of a businessman, and the farm was never successful.
When the paper mill closed, 14 years later, so did the farm. Quite by chance, he took over the tenancy of Overscourt Farm books a books. But six years later, following large losses, the bank manager called in his overdraft.
King-Smith took a succession of jobs, selling aluminised asbestos firefighting suits and working as an overseer in a shoe factory. At the age of 49 he enrolled on a teacher-training course at the College of St Matthias in Bristol, and went on to take a degree in Education from Bristol University inthe same year his son and daughter graduated aged 21 and 29 respectively.
His first book, The Fox Busters, was published inand was immediately successful. King-Smith became a full-time writer in His wife predeceased him inand the next year he married Zona Bedding. She survives him with the son and two daughters of his first marriage.
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