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Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on 13th January 1926. He was educated at Presentation College, Reading. During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army.


He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion. This experience helped him decide that he wanted to be a writer.

Michael Bond never thought of writing for children but, after producing a number of short stories and radio plays, his agent suggested that he adapt a television play for children.

His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 by William Collins & Sons (now HarperCollins Publishers). At the time, Michael Bond was working as a television cameraman for the BBC.

After the first Paddington book was accepted, Michael Bond went on to write a whole series and by 1967 his books were so successful that that he was able to give up his job with the BBC in order to become a full-time writer.

In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded the OBE for services to children’s literature. He is married with two adult children and lives in London, not far from Paddington Station.


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Love from Paddington
Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Christmas Books 2014 | Paddington | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Paddington - Favourite Paddington Stories
Paddington - Favourite Paddington Stories
Michael Bond
This special edition brings together three favourite classic adventures - Paddington in the Garden, Paddington at the Carnival and Paddington and the Grand Tour. Whether he is gardening, walking along the canal, or seeing the sights of London - as...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Paddington
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
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A Paddington Collection
A Paddington Collection
Michael Bond
Four charming Paddington stories collected for the first time on CD, read by Stephen Fry and Jim Broadbent.
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Paddington
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 28/08/2014
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A Bear Called Paddington
A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond
One of our Books of the Year 2014  The classic story of Paddington Bear, so called because the Brown family first meet him on Paddington Station and decide to take him home. Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Christmas Books 2014 | Paddington
Format: Mixed media product - Released: 10/07/2014
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The Classic Adventures of Paddington
The Classic Adventures of Paddington
Michael Bond
To celebrate the enduring popularity of the bear from Darkest Peru, this is a very special treasury complete with slipcase which brings together eleven of the original Paddington stories delicately illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.  It makes an exquisite keepsake gift...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Christmas Books 2014 | Paddington
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Tales of Olga Da Polga
The Tales of Olga Da Polga
Michael Bond
Olga da Polga was the sort of guinea-pig who would go places. With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is quite a handful. And, when she moves in to the Sawdust family's garden,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Paddington Goes for Gold
Paddington Goes for Gold
Michael Bond
Everyone’s favourite Bear joins in summer sporting fever! There are races for everything – even knitting - at the local sports club. Paddington and the Brown family are sure they will win something! Paddington tries hard but can he secure...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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The Tales of Olga Da Polga
The Tales of Olga Da Polga
Michael Bond
Stunningly illustrated by award winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, this is a handsome gift edition of an enduring classic by best-selling author Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear. Olga da Polga’s devil-may-care-charm soon gets her away from the pet shop...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2011
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The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young
The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young
Michael Bond
To celebrate Paddington's enduring popularity, this sumptuous treasury is truly to be treasured and brings together six of the most popular stories: Paddington Paddington at the Zoo Paddington at the Palace Paddington in the Garden Paddington and the Marmalade Maze...
Featured in: 5+ readers | Paddington
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/10/2010
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