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Farewell to Michael Bond the author of Paddington Bear

Farewell to Michael Bond the author of Paddington Bear

Sadly, this week, the author and creator of the much loved Paddington Bear, Michael Bond died at the age of 91.

 

Michael Bond was born in Berkshire in 1926 and after serving in the Royal Air Force and the British Army, he went on to become a cameraman for BBC TV.

 

After his first book was published, `A Bear Called Paddington', Michael Bond went on to write a whole series of books, and by 1965, his books were so successful, that he was able to give up his job with the BBC and become a full-time writer!

 

His many Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been translated into forty languages.

 

In 2015, he was awarded the CBE for his services to children's literature.

 

Michael Bond recalls in his own words how Paddington first came into being:

“I bought a small toy bear on Christmas Eve 1956. I saw it left on a shelf in a London store and felt sorry for it. I took it home as a present for my wife Brenda and named it Paddington as we were living near Paddington Station at the time.

I wrote some stories about the bear, more for fun than with the idea of having them published. After ten days, I found that I had a book on my hands. It wasn’t written specifically for children, but I think I put into it the kind things I liked reading about when I was young.”

 

The little orphaned bear from Peru named Paddington will continue to be cherished by children and adults for years to come!

 

Click on the attachment to read an extract from his first book, `A Bear Called Paddington', which was written in 1958.

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