Alfred Ollivant


Alfred Ollivant (1874–1927) was born in Old Charlton, Kent, the son of a colonel in the Royal Horse Artillery. Shortly after he graduated from the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, intending to pursue a career in the army, he was thrown from his horse and seriously injured. While beginning his recuperation from the accident (he was to remain under his doctors’ care for the next fourteen years), he wrote Owd Bob: The Grey Dog of Kenmuir (known in the United States as Bob, Son of Battle), which was a best seller both in the United Kingdom and the United States when it came out in 1898. Ollivant would go on to publish fourteen more novels, as well as various occasional essays, poems, and other works, including, during the First World War, a series of articles describing wartime life in England for an American audience.

Books
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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