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Michael Morpurgo

  • 5 stars across 321 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)
    25th February 2016

    Kensuke's Kingdom

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

    (28 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)
    6th February 2020

    Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

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

    (21 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 Sir Michael Mor... More

    (18 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

    (17 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

    (14 reviews)
    3rd May 2018

    In the Mouth of the Wolf

    A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Michael Morpurgo's wonderful storytelling and Barro... More

    (14 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

    (13 reviews)
    19th February 2018

    Flamingo Boy

    A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and... More

    (13 reviews)
    29th June 2017

    Hee-Haw Hooray!

    Join the fun on the farm! A brand new Mudpuddle Farm book from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hi... More

    (12 reviews)
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