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Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Written by Sir Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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

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 * Michael Morpurgo takes us back to the gem of many of his stories. [...] Throughout, Michael Foreman's illustrations complement and enhance the writing. The book is well produced, easy to read and I cannot recommend it too highly to students and teachers. * The School Librarian * Not only is it immensely readable, but it could encourage young would-be authors to absorb events around them and turn them into stuff of which dreams are made, as Morpurgo did. * Newbury weekly News * fans 10+ will be fascinated to learn the stories behind the stories, in his own inimitable words. * angels & urchins * ...I found it brilliant. This book has a good structure and is very interesting. [...] A must for Morpurgo fans. * Junior News and Mail * 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 * From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller. -- The Guardian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406364576
Publication date: 20th May 2016
Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages

About Sir Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has an unparalleled reputation as a children's storyteller. He was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film. Michael and his wife, Clare, live in Devon. Visit Michael's website at: Michael Foreman is one of the world's leading ...

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