Alfred Ollivant

Alfred Ollivant (1874–1927) was an English novelist best known for his first book, the children’s classic Bob, Son of Battle. Born in Nuthurst, Sussex, he became an author after a horse-riding injury ended his brief military career. In addition to Bob, Son of Battle and its sequel, Danny, Ollivant wrote roughly a dozen other novels ranging from small-scale cautionary tales to grand historical epics. He was also a short-story contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and the Boston Evening Transcript.

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    Alfred Ollivant’s Bob, Son of Battle

    International Booker-Prize winner Lydia Davis reinterprets this classic adventure of Scottish sheepdogs and sheep, fathers and sons, and good and evil for the 21st century. “Probably the greatest dog story ever written, and one you will love as long as you live.”—Life