Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in 1963.
King’s book, Hamid of Aleppo, was published in 1958. Other books included The Twenty-Two Letters, The Town that Went South and Snakes and Snakes.
He died in Norfolk on 10 July and is survived by his widow Penny and three children.
Stig of the Dump, about a boy who discovers a cave-boy living at the bottom of a chalk pit, captured children’s imaginations from the moment it was published.
It drew on Clive King’s own adventures growing up with his three brothers in Kent.
It has been adapted for TV three times, in 1981 and in 2002 and 2013.
His publishers Penguin have paid tribute to the author.
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s said: “We feel privileged and proud to be Clive King’s publisher and are sad to hear of his passing. This year our Stone Age Stig is 55 years old.
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