Bill Badger and the Pirates is a children's novel with a canal-side setting, written and illustrated in 1960 by the prolific author Denys Watkins-Pitchford, who wrote under the pseudonym "BB". Just three months before he died in 1990, the much-loved countryside and children’s author Denys Watkins-Pitchford MBE, or “BB” as he is better known, laid down his pen, having finished his final book. He had written it in an old exercise book with barely a correction. It is astonishing to think that an 83-year-old man, by this time blind in one eye and on twice-weekly dialysis, could have mentally transported himself back to the marshes, gullies and creeks of his hunting years one last time. In a literary career spanning more than 40 years, BB, who took his nom de plume from the heavy shot used to bring down wild geese, wrote more than 60 books. Most of them he illustrated himself, beautifully and with a passion for the natural world that still shines through.
In 1942, BB won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s book Little Grey Men, a wonderful tale about the last gnomes of England and their quest to find their lost brother, Cloudberry. BB always swore that he actually saw a gnome, as a child, near the family home in Lamport, Northamptonshire, and he never lost an almost childlike mysticism. “It is well known that BB was an old-time hunter-gatherer and shot for the pot, not the size of the bag. He would never waste anything edible, and had his own recipes for serving up a meal.” #dominikdachs#billbadger#blaireau#tasso#brok#grevling#badger#dachs#grimmbart#schmalzmann#bursuc#borz#tejon#jazweg#melesmeles#bodenjagd#