Dick King-Smith ( March 27, 1922 til January 4, 2011) was the British author of children's books, whose story about Babe (1983) (UK title The Sheep-Pig) was made into a movie of great fame. He later wrote a story for children called The Catlady (2004) about Isabel Ponsonby who inherited her parents' house and, who never married because she had spent her youth taking care of her parents. She indulged the cats and had twenty (including kittens) at the time the book starts.
Back to Babe, it was startling to learn that the original of Fly, the sheepdog, ended up run over by a train. King-Smith was made an OBE in 2010.