Michael Farr

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For the American business writer, see Michael K. Farr.

Michael Farr (born 1953) is a British expert on the comic series The Adventures of Tintin and its creator, Hergé. He has written several books on the subject as well as translating several others into English. A former reporter, he has also written about other subjects.


Michael Farr was born in 1953 in Paris to an Austrian-Czech mother, Hildegarde Farr (née Pisarowitz) and a British journalist father, Walter Farr. Educated at Harrow School,[citation needed] and then a history scholar at Trinity College Cambridge,[citation needed] he read Theology as his part one before changing to Fine Art in which he gained an MA.[citation needed] He became a reporter, first for Reuters[citation needed] and then the Daily Telegraph, travelling around the world as a foreign correspondent.[citation needed] After meeting Hergé, Farr started writing books about Tintin. Farr was the first to gain full access to the files and material Hergé had used in developing the Tintin stories, for his book Tintin: The Complete Companion.[citation needed]

In 2004 Farr was interviewed on BBC News in a section on the Tintin exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.[1] He appeared in 2003 in the documentary film, Tintin and I.[citation needed] He now lives in London with his German wife and daughter.

Farr is multilingual in English, French, German and Italian.[citation needed] He wrote a French version of Tintin: The Complete Companion at the same time as he wrote the English version.


Books on Tintin[edit]

Tintin-related books translated into English[edit]

Other books[edit]

  • Vanishing Borders
  • Berlin! Berlin!