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Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit.

He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt with disarmament and received rave reviews. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty of his own books and over a hundred by authors as varied as Shakespeare, J.M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm and former Python, Terry Jones. He has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading illustrators and has won numerous prizes including the Smarties Prize, the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Francis Williams Prize (twice) and the Aigle d’Argent at the Festival International du Livre in France. Michael is married and has three sons.

He spends most of his time in London, but regularly visits St Ives, Cornwall, where he owns the painter Ben Nicholson’s old house.

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Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. Struggling to cope with his own complications and finding solace in music, contemporary Jonah...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration for it is very different, the simple and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army
Michael Foreman
Award-winning author/illustrator Michael Foreman brilliantly releases everyone's favourite characters from a story and turns them into a powerful new army which can stop the building of a new superstore and so save a very special bookshop. Led by Origami Girl,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/06/2017
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The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Hello, Mr World
Michael Foreman
The future of the world is in our children's hands says this beautiful and sensitive picture book. ‘Let's be doctors' say two little children in front of a dressing up box. In their white coats they meet their first patient,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Tufty
Michael Foreman
Tufty the little duck grows up in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (his parents are very fond of the Royal Duck and Duckess (sic) who give the ducks their breakfast!). When winter comes, the duck family flies south but little...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Jamal's Journey
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman was inspired to create his new picture book on a visit to the Dubai Book Fair, and Jamal the little camel's journey ends in the shining towers and bright colourful market places of the city. But it begins...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin...
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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The Seeds of Friendship
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's gentle story of an African boy making friends in a big city is filled with love and hope, and a sense that the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. Adam loves his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2017 - Overall Winner and Winner in the Books for Younger Readers Category | November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Saga of Erik the Viking
Terry Jones - illustrated by Michael Foreman
The fantastically brilliant and amazingly adventurous Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones returns in this new edition with an exclusive foreword from Terry who is of course, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team. It...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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Tufty
Michael Foreman
Tufty the little duck grows up in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (his parents are very fond of the Royal Duck and Duckess (sic) who give the ducks their breakfast!). When winter comes, the duck family flies south but little...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedNot Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/10/2015
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The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army
Michael Foreman
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 Award-winning author/illustrator Michael Foreman brilliantly releases everyone's favourite characters from a story and turns them into a powerful new army which can stop the building of a new superstore and so save...
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Format: Hardback | Released 18/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Mozart Question
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This is one of the most moving and eloquently written novels I've read in while. For any musically inclined child from 8 or so upwards then they, and indeed you, can't fail to be incredibly moved and gripped all at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/05/2015
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I Love You, Too!
Michael Foreman
Award-winning picture book creator, Michael Foreman celebrates the love between a father and child in this endearing bedtime story from this twice Kate Greenaway Medal Winner. Little Bear takes dad on a journey around all his favourite things and adventures...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedSir Gawain and the Green Knight
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo brings alive this famous story about Sir Gawain one of the bravest knights to sit at King Arthur's Round Table. When the fearsome Green Knight arrives unbidden in the Hall of the great King Arthur, he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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Reader ReviewedBeowulf
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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The General
Janet Charters - illustrated by Michael Foreman
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman's very first book is beautifully reissued in this edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, he discovers...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2013
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The Saga of Erik the Viking
Terry Jones - illustrated by Michael Foreman
April 2013 Book of the Month The fantastically brilliant and amazingly adventurous Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones returns in this 30th anniversary edition with an exclusive foreword from Terry who is of course, most famous for his...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/03/2013
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Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Morpurgo brings alive the precarious way of life for creatures living in the very coldest reaches of the world. The first of two stories in this volume is a lyrical, dreamy tale of The Rainbow Bear capturing the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/09/2012
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Blue
Michael Rosen - illustrated by Michael Foreman
How a younger brother finds the skills he needs to match all the clever things his older brother does is magically resolved when Raffi goes up, up and away with an exceptional blue cat. It's a dark, dark night when...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Long Neck and Thunder Foot
Helen Piers - illustrated by Michael Foreman
A welcome return for a classic picture with a timeless message. Long Neck the Dinosaur lives alone in the forest with just the small animals around him as his friends. He is happy. But then Thunderfoot, a huge new dinosaur...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Reader ReviewedNot Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/02/2012
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Reader ReviewedKensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone. Kensuke, a former...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2012
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Animal Tales (The Fantastic World of Terry Jones)
Terry Jones - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. From a dog being a doctor to an elephant wanting trousers, animals doing extraordinary things make this a wonderful collection of unusual...
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Format: Hardback | Released 24/03/2011
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Fairy Tales (The Fantastic World of Terry Jones)
Terry Jones - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime – or any other time – these wonderful retellings of some of the lesser-known fairy stories taken from all over the world are full of gentle magic and enchantment retold with a light and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2011
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Fantastic Stories (The Fantastic World of Terry Jones)
Terry Jones - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Even more inventive and wondrous than the fairy stories, this classic anthology is a treasure trove of the unusual and the unexpected. Terry Jones revels in the crazy capers and madcap antics of humans and animals alike. Each story is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2011
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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The Littlest Dinosaur's Big Adventure
Michael Foreman
An awfully big adventure for the Littlest Dinosaur when a little walk turns into a night time drama. Alone in the middle of a big, dark forest the Littlest Dinosaur needs to be as brave as he can be. The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2010
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Michael Foreman's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, Michael Foreman - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Lewis Carroll's world favourite children's classic, loved by generations for its limitless imagination, has been brought vividly to life by one of the UK's most awe inspiring children's book illustrators, Michael Foreman. Lewis Carroll's make-believe world that's full of humour,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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Michael Foreman's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L.Frank Baum - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This is a beautifully illustrated collectable edition of the classic children's story. It is illustrated by one of today's best-loved children's illustrators. It is a perfect addition to any child's home library.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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Reader ReviewedKaspar Prince of Cats
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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Michael Foreman's Peter Pan and Wendy
J.M. Barrie - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's bright and beautiful illustrations vibrantly bring all the magical fun and adventure of Peter Pan's world to life. His story and that of the Darling children has thrilled and delighted children for generations.
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Format: Board book | Released 19/10/2009
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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's stunning illustrations brilliantly capture the fast-paced action and drama of Stevenson's classic, of high seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried treasure that has sparked children's imaginations for generations. How difficult it must have been for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2009
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Wonder Goal!
Michael Foreman
Brilliantly capturing the thrill of scoring a winning goal whether at schoolboy or international level, this is a book for all aspiring footballers to dream over. Michael Foreman's stunning and atmospheric illustrations evoke football in general and the magic of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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Beowulf
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
BOOK OF THE DAY - 19th NOVEMBER Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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Reader ReviewedThe Mozart Question
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This is one of the most moving and eloquently written novels I've read in while. For any musically inclined child from 8 or so upwards then they, and indeed you, can't fail to be incredibly moved and gripped all at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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After the War Was Over
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman makes history such fun and this book in particular is so inspirational. It tells the story of life after World War Two as soldiers return to begin life back home with families who have been without them for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2007
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War Game
Michael Foreman
It was Christmas Day in the trenches in France during World War One and a remarkable football match took place. British and German soldiers put down their weapons and took up a game of football instead. For one day, the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2006
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Billy the Kid
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This is a book for every generation to share but in particular for a grandfather to share with his grandson for this is the story of Billy, a supremely talented footballer who at 19 was picked to play for one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/10/2005
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The Best Christmas Present in the World
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
One of the most heart-warming stories you'll read around war, this is a classic Christmas story from the bestselling author/illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.With the anniversary of WWI upon us this tells the story of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2004
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Reader ReviewedThe Last Wolf
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by Michael Foreman's illustrations. Robbie McLeod and a wolf cub, both orphaned, venture far from their birthplace, a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2003
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Reader ReviewedKensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone. Kensuke, a former...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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