Michael Bond

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Michael Bond
Born Thomas Michael Bond
(1926-01-13) 13 January 1926 (age 88)
Newbury, Berkshire
Nationality English
Education Presentation College
Occupation Author
Known for Author of the Paddington Bear series

Thomas Michael Bond, OBE (born 13 January 1926) is an English author, most celebrated for his Paddington Bear series of books.

Life[edit]

Bond was born in Newbury[1] and raised in Reading, Berkshire, where his visits to Reading Station to watch the Cornish Riviera Express go steaming through started a love of trains. He was educated at Presentation College, a Catholic school in Reading.

In February 1943, Michael Bond survived an air raid in Reading. The building in which he was working collapsed under him, killing 41 people and injured many more.[2][3] Later in World War II, he served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army.[4]

Bond began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to the magazine London Opinion. In 1958, after producing a number of plays and short stories and while working as a BBC television cameraman (where he worked on Blue Peter for a time), his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published. This was the start of Bond's most famous series of books, telling tales of a bear from "Darkest Peru", whose Aunt Lucy sends him to England, carrying a jar of marmalade. The Brown family found the bear at Paddington Station, and adopted him, naming the bear after the station.[4] By 1967 Bond was able to give up his BBC job to work full-time as a writer.

Paddington's adventures have sold over 35 million books, been published in nearly twenty countries, in over forty languages, and have inspired pop bands, race horses, plays, hot air balloons and a TV series.[5][4] Bond stated in December 2007 that he did not plan to continue the adventures of Paddington Bear in further volumes.[6] In April 2014 it was reported a new book, titled Love From Paddington, is to be published that fall. A film based on the books is also scheduled for release in late 2014.[4]

Bond has also written another series of children's books, the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.

In 1997, Bond was awarded the OBE for services to children's literature. On 6 July 2007 the University of Reading awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Bond is married with two adult children and lives in London, not far from Paddington Station.

Books authored[edit]

Paddington Bear Series[edit]

  • 1958 A Bear Called Paddington[7] (ISBN 0-618-15071-4)
  • 1959 More About Paddington
  • 1960 Paddington Helps Out
  • 1961 Paddington Abroad
  • 1962 Paddington at Large
  • 1964 Paddington Marches On
  • 1966 Paddington at Work
  • 1968 Paddington Goes to Town
  • 1970 Paddington Takes the Air
  • 1972 Paddington's Garden
  • 1973 Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book a.k.a. Paddington Takes to TV
  • 1974 Paddington on Top
  • 1975 Paddington at the Tower
  • 1979 Paddington Takes the Test
  • 1980 Paddington on Screen
  • 1984 Paddington at the Zoo
  • 1986 Paddington at the Palace
  • 1987 Paddington's Busy Day
  • 2002 Paddington in the Garden
  • 2003 Paddington and the Grand Tour
  • 2008 Paddington Rules the Waves
  • 2008 Paddington Here and Now[8]
  • 2011 Paddington at the Tower
  • 2012 Paddington Goes for Gold
  • 2014 Love From Paddington[4]

Olga da Polga Series[edit]

Chapter Books

  • 1971 The Tales of Olga da Polga
  • 1973 Olga Meets Her Match
  • 1976 Olga Carries On
  • 1982 Olga Takes Charge
  • 1987 The Complete Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus)
  • 1993 The Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus)
  • 2001 Olga Moves House
  • 2002 Olga Follows Her Nose
  • 2002 The Best of Olga Da Polga (onmibus)

Picture Books

  • 1975 Olga Counts Her Blessings
  • 1975 Olga Makes a Friend
  • 1975 Olga Makes a Wish
  • 1975 Olga Makes Her Mark
  • 1975 Olga Takes a Bite
  • 1975 Olga's New Home
  • 1975 Olga's Second House
  • 1975 Olga's Special Day
  • 1983 The First Big Olga da Polga Book (Omnibus)
  • 1983 The Second Big Olga da Polga Book (Ominbus)

Monsieur Pamplemousse Series[edit]

  • 1983 Monsieur Pamplemousse
  • 1985 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission
  • 1986 Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot
  • 1987 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure
  • 1989 Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft
  • 1990 Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates
  • 1991 Monsieur Pamplemousse Rests His Case
  • 1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm
  • 1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Location
  • 1993 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train
  • 1998 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume One
  • 1998 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Two
  • 1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Afloat
  • 1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Three
  • 2000 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation
  • 2002 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Vacation
  • 2003 Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines
  • 2006 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives
  • 2007 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution
  • 2010 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint (release date 12 April 2010)

Other[edit]

  • 1966 Here Comes Thursday
  • 1968 Thursday Rides Again
  • 1969 Thursday Ahoy!
  • 1971 Thursday in Paris
  • 1971 Michael Bond's Book of Bears (Editor)
  • 1972 The Day the Animals Went on Strike
  • 1975 Windmill
  • 1975 How to Make Flying Things (nonfiction)
  • 1975 Mr. Cram's Magic Bubbles
  • 1980 Picnic on the River
  • 1980 J. D. Polson and the Liberty Head Dime
  • 1981 J. D. Polson and the Dillogate Affair
  • 1983 The Caravan Puppets
  • 1986 (With Paul Parnes) Oliver the Greedy Elephant
  • 1987 (And photographer) The Pleasures of Paris (guidebook)
  • 1988 A Mouse Called Thursday (omnibus)
  • 1992 A Day by the Sea
  • 1992 Something Nasty in the Kitchen
  • 1996 Bears and Forebears: A Life So Far (autobiography)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of Michael Bond
  2. ^ Midgley, Emma (13 February 2012). "Paddington Bear 'inspired by evacuees' says author Bond". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Paddington Bear writer's wartime Reading Podcast now online". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Paddington Bear author Michael Bond writes new book". BBC News. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ John Plunkett (22 January 2008). "BBC celebrates 50 years of Paddington". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Richard Lea (11 December 2007). "Paddington Bear faces questions on asylum status". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Nicholas Lezard (19 January 2005). "Classic of the month: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "In praise of...Paddington Bear". The Guardian (London). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 

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