Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Peter Bailey

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Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to visit Mrs Pettigrew; her home was an old railway carriage right by the water’s edge in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Everything about the place was peaceful and just so, inside the house and out. But then the threat of a power station loomed. The changes it brings are and the way it impacts on Michael’s life are touchingly charted. Peter Bailey’s illustrations capture the tranquillity of the place and the people perfectly.  

Homecoming Synopsis

This is a tender, lyrical tale inspired by the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo tells of a boyhood in an idyllic Suffolk village fifty years ago. The village is a stone's throw from the sea, with a gull on every chimney stack, and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs. Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens - and who befriends the young Michael and lets him ride over the marshes on her donkey. But industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the site of the marshes, endangering Mrs. Pettigrew's home and the gulls, owls, kestrels and thousands of insects and plants which also belong there. There ensues a village battle for and against the environmental hazard of the power station, and the young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs. Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood. This is a jacketed hardback gift edition of Michael Morpugo's tale of his childhood landscape, evocatively illustrated by Peter Bailey.

Homecoming Press Reviews

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

'Bailey's line drawings have a lovely old-fashioned quality appropriate to the remembrances inspired by Morpurgo's boyhood.'  School Library Journal

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ISBN: 9781406332025
Publication date: 05/04/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406332025
Publication date: 5th April 2012
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Peter Bailey
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Recommendations: 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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