Paddington's Finest Hour

Written by Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum

Illustrated by R. W. Alley

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In a nutshell: one of our national treasures back and on splendid form

There are seven brand new Paddington stories in this lovely collection and the little bear is the same lovable character he’s ever been - well meaning, inquisitive, innocent, responsible for comical misunderstandings and mishaps wherever he goes. Paddington appears in a TV cookery show and the settings for the new stories are right up to date but the language is of another age - ‘I should cocoa’ says Mr Brown – and gives the stories a particular charm. At a time when we need these values more than ever, Michael Bond continues to champion tolerance and openness – we’re reminded that Paddington is an immigrant on the second page of the first story. ‘Bears may come and bears may go, but there’s only one Paddington’ says Judy.  Hear, hear.   Readers looking for modern day stories in the same vein should look at Clara Vulliamy and Polly Faber’s Mango and Bambang series or The Bolds by Julian Clary and David Roberts. 

Andrea Reece

Paddington's Finest Hour Synopsis

Paddington - the beloved classic bear from Darkest Peru, now a major movie star - is back in this fantastically funny, illustrated novel from master storyteller Michael Bond! Hurrying forward, he held out a welcoming hand. Sir Percival Rushmoor, he said. I'm invigilating. I'm sorry to hear that, Sir Percival, said Paddington. I hope you feel better very soon. Paddington always finds himself in unusual situations so it is no surprise when he has a run-in with the police, appears in a TV cookery show, and gives one of his hard stares to a hypnotist!

For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.

Paddington’s profile sky-rocketed when the Paddington movie hit cinemas in 2014 (StudioCanal, director Paul King and producer David Heyman). The film starred Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Waters and Peter Capaldi, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, and hit Number 1 in the UK Box Office, and was also nominated for two BAFTAs.

Find out more about the books, movies and the history of Paddington Bear at www.paddington.com and Paddington tweets @paddingtonbear.

Paddington's Finest Hour Press Reviews

Praise for Paddington's Finest Hour:

...a delight throughout... Financial Times

Praise for Love From Paddington:

...a jolly ride through the best of the Paddington tales The Times

...a delightful collection... Sunday Express

Praise for the Paddington series:

`I've always had great respect for Paddington...He is a British institution. Stephen Fry 

`Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature. The Teacher

`Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters. The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780008226206
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008226190
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008226206
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum
Illustrator: R. W. Alley
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum

Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children's literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997.

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