Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration for it is very different, the simple and attractive format of the book makes a brilliant and coherent whole. Morpurgo describes the way each of the stories came to him in a brief essay he calls  ‘The Dream’ he then includes an telling extract from the original story each of which has been carefully chosen by his wife Clare Morpurgo.

The origins of the stories range from meeting two soldiers who had fought in World War One in his home village in Devon which gave him the idea for his bestselling War Horse to the very different setting – The Savoy Hotel, London – for his inspiration for Kaspar: Prince of Cats. Other favourite Morpurgo stories he includes are The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Mozart Question, Shadow and Out of the Ashes. Michael Foreman, who has illustrated so many of Michael Morpurgo’s books, has added wonderful new illustrations for his volume. An inspiring and invaluable book for all budding writers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

One of our Books of the Year 2016

Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration Synopsis

Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, shares the secrets and inspirations of his novels. This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael's brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.

Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration Press Reviews

From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller. -- The Guardian

This is totally absorbing - find out how one of our greatest storytellers gets his inspiration. This collection of essays gives a revealing insight into how writing works and where stories begin, it's a brilliant way to inspire children to write. [...] This is a superb book which really takes the reader inside the author's mind, showing just how he came to write such great novels, and what inspired him. A brilliant classroom resource and a good read for any age. Parents in Touch

...I found it brilliant. This book has a good structure and is very interesting. [...] A must for Morpurgo fans. Junior News and Mail

fans 10+ will be fascinated to learn the stories behind the stories, in his own inimitable words. angels & urchins Throughout, Michael Foreman's illustrations complement and enhance the writing. This book is well produced , easy to read and I cannot recommend it too highly to students and teachers. SLA Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration for it is very different, the simple and attractive format of the book makes a brilliant and coherent whole. Michael Foreman, who has illustrated so many of Michael Morpurgo's books, has added wonderful new illustrations for his volume. An inspiring and invaluable book for all budding writers. - One of LoveReading's Books of the Year 2016 Julia Eccleshare. LoveReading

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ISBN: 9781406373677
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406373677
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Anthologies
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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