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Michael Morpurgo

  • 5 stars across 285 books
    Michael Morpurgo Biography
    Michael Morpurgo is an award-winning English author, born in St. Alban’s in 1943. After attending St. Matthias primary school in London, Michael was sent away to boarding school, which he never liked and wrote about in his novel, Butterly Lion.

    Later Michael joined the army but decided it wasn’t for him and become a teacher instead, where he says “I ran out of other writers’ stories to read, so started making up some of my own”. After ten years as a teacher, Michael and his wife Clare, set up a charity called Farms for City Children, to help inner city children experience life in the countryside. Over 90,000 children have benefited by spending time on one of the three farms run by the charity.
    Michael now lives in Devon and has written more than 130 books! You can read more about his life in Michael’s biography, War Child to War Horse.

    Michael Morpurgo's latest book, a retelling of The Snowman, a story inspired by the original by Raymond Briggs was published in October 2019.

    Michael Morpurgo Facts
    His wife Clare, is the eldest daughter of Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books!

    Michael was inspired by (and later became great friends with) the poet Ted Hughes and together they came up with the idea of a Children’s Laureate. In 2003 Michael became the third Children’s Laureate and you can read more about the Children’s Laureate and how it recognises the important role of children’s books here:

    Our favourite Michael Morpurgo book characters
    Charlie from Private Peaceful 
    - Michael from Kensuke’s Kingdom
    - Joey from War Horse 

    Michael Murpurgo Series
    Farm Boy is the sequel to War Horse
    Mudpuddle Farm

    Our favourite Michael Morpurgo book quotes
    - “I can hate you more, but I’ll never love you less” (War Horse)
    - “Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but never have and I do not now. I live in his glow” (Private Peaceful)
    - “Life must not be spent always hoping, always waiting. Life is for living” (Kensuke’s Kingdom)
    28th July 2016

    Kensuke's Kingdom

    I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael st... More

    (85 reviews)
    19th September 2019

    Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver

                   A stunning new story of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere from ... More

    (34 reviews)
    7th May 1996

    The Butterfly Lion

    ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong ... More

    (24 reviews)
    6th February 2020

    Toto: The Wizard of Oz as Told by the Dog

    From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprisi... More

    (24 reviews)
    3rd October 2019

    The Snowman: Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

    Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generat... More

    (23 reviews)
    1st November 2010

    War Horse

    The book that inspired Steven Spielberg's Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show ... More

    (22 reviews)
    4th September 2006

    I Believe in Unicorns

    A moving story about unity and inspiration in the face of destruction, by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate. To... More

    (20 reviews)
    29th May 2004

    Private Peaceful

    Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of ... More

    (19 reviews)
    7th January 2010

    Kaspar: Prince of Cats

    A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and... More

    (15 reviews)
    3rd May 2018

    In the Mouth of the Wolf

    A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Michael Mo... More

    (15 reviews)
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