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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.  Michael celebrated his 90th birthday in January 2016. He is married with two adult children and lives in London, not far from Paddington Station.

Featured books by Michael Bond

Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington: A Treasury for the Very Young

Paddington: A Treasury for the Very Young

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over sixty years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, seven best-loved classic picture books are brought together in this lavish volume, truly to be treasured! Paddington is now a major movie star! Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around. This sumptuous treasury brings together seven of the most popular stories: Paddington Paddington at the Zoo Paddington at the Palace Paddington in the Garden Paddington and the Marmalade Maze Paddington the Artist Paddington at the Tower

Funny Paddington Stories

Funny Paddington Stories

Author: Michael Bond Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 09/07/2020

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over sixty years. Here you can listen to seven hilarious Paddington stories, read by Stephen Fry and Jim Broadbent. Paddington is now a major movie star! Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around. This fun-filled collection brings together seven laugh-out-loud stories: Paddington (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1998, 2007) Paddington at the Zoo (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1984) Paddington at the Palace (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1986) Paddington and the Marmalade Maze (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1987) Paddington Goes for Gold (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2012) Paddington in the Garden (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2002, 2008) Paddington and the Grand Tour (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2003)

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: 05/03/2020

'[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.

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: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'[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.

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Author: Michael Bond Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/02/2020

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star - read by Stephen Fry! For six decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world. When Mr Gruber takes Paddington on a special outing to St Paul's Cathedral, there is one surprise after another. But the biggest of all comes when Paddington is mistaken for a choir bear and suddenly finds himself joining the choir for a most unusual rehearsal!

Paddington's Post

Paddington's Post

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Based on the original stories by Michael Bond, a new Paddington adventure with real mail to open and enjoy! This funny interactive picture book explores Paddington's new life in London after travelling all the way from Darkest Peru and meeting Mr and Mrs Brown at Paddington station. Open the six envelopes inside and find out all about his new home, family and friends. These include Paddington's first letter to Aunt Lucy, a half-price voucher for his favourite buns, a very special birthday card - and more!

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

From the creator of Paddington Bear comes a tale of dastardly villains and unlikely tiny heroes... The Perk family live in a doll's house in a castle. The castle is their home - but when someone new with devious plans comes to rule the roost, will our family of mice come up trumps? Full of humour and warmth, this nostalgic tale by Michael Bond is brought to life with exquisite detail by Emily Sutton.

Paddington at the Tower

Paddington at the Tower

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! When Paddington visits the Tower of London he makes sure he has enough marmalade sandwiches to sustain him - a whole suitcase in fact! Unfortunately, it is not only bears who like sandwiches as Paddington is soon to discover...

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