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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

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

A brand new glorious gift book of a much-loved classic. A celebration of words and pictures from the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, and contemporary genius and internet drawing sensation Rob Biddulph! Living in the magical Herb Garden, Parsley the lion is never quite sure what's going to happen to him next . . . especially with an excitable friend like Dill the dog around. Parsley made his debut in 1968 in the children's animated TV series The Herbs, written by the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond. Capturing the hearts of viewers, he went on to star in his own TV series The Adventures of Parsley in 1970, as well as in a series of books and on a wide range of merchandise. Now Michael Bond's hilarious books featuring Parsley the lion, first published nearly fifty years ago, are brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite contemporary colour gift edition, gloriously illustrated by the award-winning creator of Blown Away and Draw with Rob, Rob Biddulph.

How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness

How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Learn valuable life lessons from Paddington Bear himself in this inspirational book of kindness. The perfect gift for fans of the bear from Darkest Peru, who is now a major movie star. Aunt Lucy taught me to say 'please' and 'thank you' when I'm out shopping, and to raise my hat whenever I meet someone I know. Whatever situation Paddington Bear finds himself in, he always responds with kindness. From arriving in London and winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, he always tries to do his very best for others... even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way! Now you can learn how to be more like the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru in this uplifting collection of inspiring - often hilarious - quotes from the enduringly popular books by Michael Bond, with beautiful illustrations by the original Paddington illustrator, Peggy Fortnum.

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Author: Michael Bond Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/10/2020

A funny, festive picture book 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: 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

Paddington in Scots

Paddington in Scots

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2020

Now translated into Scots by James Robertson for the very first time, this classic children's tale is sure to delight Scots readers both new and old, and fans of Paddington, alike. Paddington Bear, the friendly bear from Peru - with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with secret compartment), duffel coat and love of marmalade - has become a classic character from British children's literature. Enjoy the classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who stowed away on a ship headed for England. He arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read, 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.'

Funny Paddington Stories

Funny Paddington Stories

Author: Michael Bond Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2020

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)

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

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.

More Funny Paddington Stories

More Funny Paddington Stories

Author: Michael Bond Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2020

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 of Paddington's laugh-out-loud adventures, read brilliantly by Jim Broadbent and Stephen Fry. Paddington at St Paul's (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2018) Paddington at the Carnival (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1997) Paddington at the Circus (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2000) Paddington the Artist (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1985) Paddington at the Hospital (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond and Karen Jankel 2001) Paddington at the Tower (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1975, 2011) Paddington's Christmas Surprise(Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1997, 2008)

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