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Michael Morpurgo - Author


Michael Morpurgo has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award, Whitbred Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize.

Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, "oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over." After schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury (one of which was horrible enough to inspire him to describe it obliquely in The Butterfly Lion), he went on to London University to study English and French, followed by a job in a primary school in Kent. It was there that he discovered what he wanted to do. "We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids - it was like a soap opera, and they focussed on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me."

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories.

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate and author of bestsellers such as War Horse and Why The Whales Came, is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers Association beginning in Autumn 2011. The Historical Writers' Association (www.thehwa.co.uk) will celebrate its first anniversary in October. It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.

STOP PRESS: The Harrogate History Festival

Author of War Horse and over 130 books, and much-loved by readers of all ages, Michael Morpurgo will be at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 23 October. Prepare to be inspired! Click here to find out more.

If you like Michael Morpurgo you might also like to read books by C. S. Forester, Sir Max Hastings and Colin McAdam.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012. Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2011
The Kites are Flying by Michael Morpurgo
The Kites are Flying
Michael Morpurgo
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 November 2009. Set around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this is a hugely topical novel from a master storyteller, which at its heart makes a plea for peace and unity. The story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2009
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Stunning and unputdownable. For me, this is the best book I’ve read in a long, long while and I did so in a single sitting. Although, Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best known children’s authors he has that...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/06/2006

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