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Michael Bond - Author

About the Author

Michael Bond 13 Jan 1926 - 28 June 2017. Born in Newbury, Berkshire, England 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 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children’s literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. 

In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and this was followed by a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015. 

For the last 37 years of his life Michael Bond lived in London, not far from Paddington Station where it all began. He continued to write until shortly before he died on 27th June 2017, aged 91.

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Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington The Original Story of the Bear from Peru

Paddington The Original Story of the Bear from Peru

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/10/2021

The classic story of a much-loved bear - Paddington! Join Paddington and the Browns as they start their adventures at Paddington Station and relive their treasured story in this stylish book and CD set. Paddington Bear first met the Brown family at a railway station - Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and a label reading 'Please look after this bear'. Without further ado, Mr and Mrs Brown promptly welcomed the adventurous bear into their family, and in honour of their meeting place they named him Paddington. The Browns soon discover that Paddington is a most unusual bear. Ordinary things - like having a bath - become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around. Now this treasured story is available as a charming picture book and CD set that even the youngest children will enjoy.

Paddington and the Grand Tour

Paddington and the Grand Tour

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2021

A hilarious story Paddington, the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru - now a major movie star! With his suitcase packed full of marmalade sandwiches and Mrs Bird's umbrella (in case it rains), Paddington sets out for a day of sightseeing with his friend, Mr Gruber. How can he know that the tourists will think he's their tour guide? And how is he to guess that they will follow him everywhere?

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Board book Release Date: 30/09/2021

A funny, festive story about Paddington, the beloved, classic bear from darkest Peru. When the Browns take Paddington to the Christmas grotto at the local department store, their journey through the Winter Wonderland is full of unexpected surprises. But the best surprise is a present from Santa. After all, who else would find the perfect present for a bear like Paddington? Join Paddington on his festive adventure as he discovers why Santa Claus makes everyone's Christmas so special.

Paddington at the Zoo

Paddington at the Zoo

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2021

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! When Paddington visits the zoo, he takes enough marmalade sandwiches with him to last all day. However, he is none too pleased when he realises how popular they are with the zoo's inhabitants! Stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world for more than sixty years.

The Psychology of the Chinese People

The Psychology of the Chinese People

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2021

The Chinese people constitute more than a quarter of the world's population, yet until now there has been no single volume that summarizes and integrates the wealth of data available, in English and Chinese, on the psychological functioning of the Chinese people. The Psychology of the Chinese People fulfills this role, emphasizing the prime areas of research, both past and present, the theoretical models used to integrate these findings, and areas for future research. The book also provides a cross-cultural comparative perspective on the data. The topics covered include socialization, perception, cognition, personality, psychopathology, social behavior, and organization.

Paddington's Suitcase

Paddington's Suitcase

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 18/07/2021

Enjoy eight delightful Paddington story books in this special gift edition suitcase. Children's favourite, Paddington is al bear of earnest good intentions who gets drawn into mishap and adventure at every turn. Thankfully his great sense of logic and determination manage to get him out of most scrapes, albeit in perhaps some rather unconventional ways. Find out what happens when Paddington gets all the wrong kind of attention at the zoo, goes on a funfair ride and 'helps' around the house... The Paddington books contained in the suitcase are: Paddington and the Busy Day Paddington and the Marmalade Maze Paddington and the Tutti Frutti Rainbow Paddington at the Fair Paddington at the Palace Paddington at the Zoo Paddington Minds the House Paddington the Artist

Wayfinding The Art and Science of How We Find and Lose Our Way

Wayfinding The Art and Science of How We Find and Lose Our Way

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

'[A] fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated . . . Beautifully written and researched.' - Isabella Tree, author of Wilding The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements. In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour. The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our nomadic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing. Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience. For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.

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