Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94
Writer Clive King, creator of the children’s classic Stig of the Dump, has died aged 94. A career that began in 1958 stretched over five decades, with King writing for the children’s theatre as well as publishing more than 20 books. But it was the stone-age hunter living in a chalk pit on the Downs who captured the imagination of generations, with Stig appearing in television adaptations in both 1981 and 2002. Born in Richmond in 1924, King grew up on the North Downs near Sevenoaks in Kent,he studied English at Cambridge, before serving in the navy during the World War II. It was in the 1960s, while living on the Downs, that he found inspiration for Stig of the Dump.