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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.

Featured books by Michael Bond

Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington's Easter Egg Hunt

Paddington's Easter Egg Hunt

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2022

A funny picture book about Paddington, the beloved, classic bear from darkest Peru - now a major movie star! Paddington is excited to be organising an Easter egg hunt for his neighbours. But, from finding empty supermarket shelves, to buying a box of broken Easter eggs, Paddington wonders if the hunt can ever go ahead. That is, until Mr Gruber's book on Roman mosaics and some sticky marmalade give him a brilliant idea . . . A deliciously funny Easter story, perfect for Paddington fans!

Paddington's Suitcase

Paddington's Suitcase

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2022

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

The Complete Adventures of Paddington The 15 Complete and Unabridged Novels in One Volume

The Complete Adventures of Paddington The 15 Complete and Unabridged Novels in One Volume

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum, R. W. Alley Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2022

Celebrate Paddington's 60th Anniversary with this exquisite volume, bringing together all fifteen of the classic novels about the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru. 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, the complete collection of fifteen novels are brought together for the very first time in this beautifully illustrated keepsake book. A must-have for readers everywhere, to be treasured from generation to generation. This very special treasury contains: A Bear Called Paddington More About Paddington Paddington Helps Out Paddington Abroad Paddington at Large Paddington Marches On Paddington at Work Paddington Goes to Town Paddington Takes the Air Paddington on Top Paddington Takes the Test Paddington Here and Now Paddington Races Ahead Love from Paddington Paddington's Finest Hour

Paddington Goes to Hospital

Paddington Goes to Hospital

Author: Michael Bond, Karen Jankel Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2022

We should never have given Paddington a boomerang for his birthday, said Mrs Brown as she gazed down at the figure lying on the lawn. I knew no good would come of it. Paddington let out a groan ... When the Browns find Paddington lying on the lawn, unable to remember where he is or even what the word bun means, they immediately realise something is seriously wrong and send for an ambulance. It's Paddington's first time in hospital and the doctors and nurses soon discover that he is rather an unusual patient! Full of the humorous misunderstandings and adventures that this lovable bear is famous for, this is a great story for the young Paddington fan who is apprehensive, or merely curious, about what goes on inside a hospital.

Paddington and the Marmalade Maze

Paddington and the Marmalade Maze

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2022

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! When Paddington and Mr Gruber visit Hampton Court they are joined by a group of tourists who all expect to come back home with them for tea! Luckily, Paddington finds an a-mazing way out of the situation. Stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world for more than sixty years.

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/02/2022

To celebrate 60 years of Paddington Bear, comes this beautiful new edition of his first ever adventure. Unabridged and featuring beautiful colour drawings from Peggy Fortnum, this stunning slipcased children's gift book will delight Paddington fans new and old. The perfect present to treasure forever. A bear? On Paddington station? Mrs Brown looked at her husband in amazement. Don't be silly, Henry. There can't be! 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 involved. Since A Bear Called Paddington was first published in 1958, the character of Paddington has won the hearts and minds of over 35 million readers the world over, and he is now the star of two major movie box office hits. Paddington Bear ranks alongside other beloved character such as Winnie-the-Pooh, and Mary Poppins as an essential part of our literary heritage.

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2022

The original story of Paddington, the classic bear from Darkest Peru - now a major movie star! Unabridged and illustrated in spectacular full-colour throughout, this beautiful large-sized edition of a much-loved classic will enchant established Paddington fans and a new generation of readers alike. A bear on Paddington Station? said Mrs Brown in amazement. Don't be silly - there can't be. 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 involved.

Paddington at the Rainbow's End

Paddington at the Rainbow's End

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Board book Release Date: 06/01/2022

Paddington is introduced to younger readers in this pre-school picture book, starring one of the world's best-loved characters, Paddington Bear, now a major movie star! Reissued with attractive new cover branding. Paddington Bear loves all the colours of the rainbow. But after a long day shopping in town, there is one particular colour that he likes above all others... Pre-schoolers will love learning about colours with the help of Paddington!

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