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Author of over one hundred books, many of them for children, Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, but he grew up in Reading. On leaving school at the age of fourteen, he spent a year in a lawyers’ office before joining the BBC as an engineer. During the war he served with both the RAF and the army, and it was in 1947, while stationed in Cairo, that he wrote his first short story. Its acceptance by London Opinion sowed the seeds of a future career, but before becoming a full-time writer he was to spend many happy and fruitful years as a BBC television cameraman.

One snowy Christmas Eve he was taking refuge in Selfridges when he came across a small toy bear, literally left on the shelf. Bought as a ‘stocking filler’ for his first wife, Brenda, it was to act as the inspiration for ‘A Bear Called Paddington’, first published in 1958.

In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded the OBE for his services to children’s literature.


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A Bear Called Paddington
A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond
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 Darkest Peru with a label round his neck...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2011
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