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Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo - Author

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son expounded on religious dogma. Stevenson inevitably reacted to the morbidity of his religious education and to the stiffness of his family's middle-class values, but that rebellion would come only after he entered Edinburgh University. The juvenilia that survives from his childhood shows an observer who was already sensitive to religious issues and Scottish history. Not surprisingly, the boy who listened to Cummy's religious tales first tried his hand at retelling Bible stories: "A History of Moses" was followed by "The Book of Joseph." When Stevenson was sixteen his family published a pamphlet he had written entitled The Pentland Rising, a recounting of the murder of Nonconformist Scots Presbyterians who rebelled against their royalist persecutors.

 

Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, "oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over." Born in 1943, he attended schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury. He went on to London University to study English and French, followed by a step into the teaching profession and a job in a primary school in Kent. It was there that he discovered what he wanted to do. "We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids - it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me." Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories.

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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island

Michael Foreman's Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2009

The classic adventure filled with pirates, treasure and tall ships Stunningly illustrated by much-loved artist Michael Foreman With an introduction by Michael Morpurgo A wonderful, lavish gift book for any adventure-loving kid The classic story of high-seas adventure is brought stunningly to life by hugely popular illustrator Michael Foreman. This is the book that brought pirates into the popular imagination with its villain/hero, the peg-legged captain Long John Silver. Fabulous jewel-filled chests, treasure maps marked with X's, pirates with parrots and eye-patches - it is all here! THE ILLUSTRATOR Michael Foreman's books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, both his own and with writers such as Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo. His own books include 'War Boy' and 'War Game' - winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively. He has also illustrated many classic stories such as 'Peter Pan and Wendy' and 'The Wind in the Willows'.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2005

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! When Jim Hawkins discovers a map in the old sea chest he little guesses of the danger and excitement which lie a head. Joining the crew of the Hispaniola, Jim sets sail for Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's treasure. but with a slippery crew, and the infamous Long John Silver as ship's cook mutiny is in the air and Jim must draw on all his resources to survive...published in 1883, Treasure Island is a swashbuckling tale, and a true children's classic.

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