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Michael Morpurgo

  • 5 stars across 310 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 struggle... MoreKensuke's Kingdom

(104 reviews) Review
1st November 2010

War Horse

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

(41 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreBoy Giant: Son of Gulliver

(35 reviews) Review
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 ... MorePrivate Peaceful

(28 reviews) Review
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 surprising... MoreToto: The Wizard of Oz as Told by the Dog

(28 reviews) Review
8th July 2021

The Puffin Keeper

It was Benjamin Postlethwaite's job all his long life to make sure the light shone brightly high up in the lighthouse on... MoreThe Puffin Keeper

(28 reviews) Review
3rd August 2023

The Butterfly Lion

A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lio... MoreThe Butterfly Lion

(28 reviews) Review
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 generation of r... MoreThe Snowman: Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

(25 reviews) Review
2nd February 2023

Barney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm

A charming story collection from Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees – full of friendship a... MoreBarney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm

(25 reviews) Review
27th October 2011

Running Wild

Luxury collector's hardback gift edition. An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestsellin... MoreRunning Wild

(22 reviews) Review
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