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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.

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Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington's Suitcase

Paddington's Suitcase

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/03/2021

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

Paddington Helps Out

Paddington Helps Out

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2021

To celebrate Paddington Bear's 60th birthday in 2018 this hilarious classic novel from master storyteller Michael Bond has been given a fresh new look. Paddington is now a major movie star! Oh dear! said Paddington, I'm in trouble again. Somehow trouble always comes naturally to Paddington. What other bear could catch a fish in his hat, or cause havoc in the Browns' kitchen just by trying to be helpful? For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.

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.

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: R. W. Alley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear with this hilarious brand new classic picture book. Paddington is now a major movie star! 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!

The Psychology of the Chinese People

The Psychology of the Chinese People

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2021

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.

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Rob Biddulph 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 Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Welcome to the wise and wonderful world of everyone's favourite bear. Paddington Bear is a beacon of happiness - well meaning, funny and always kind. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter ... and everything in between.

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