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Michael Bond - Author

About the Author

Author of over one hundred books, many of them for children, Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, but he grew up in Reading. On leaving school at the age of fourteen, he spent a year in a lawyers’ office before joining the BBC as an engineer. During the war he served with both the RAF and the army, and it was in 1947, while stationed in Cairo, that he wrote his first short story. Its acceptance by London Opinion sowed the seeds of a future career, but before becoming a full-time writer he was to spend many happy and fruitful years as a BBC television cameraman. One snowy Christmas Eve he was taking refuge in Selfridges when he came across a small toy bear, literally left on the shelf. Bought as a ‘stocking filler’ for his first wife, Brenda, it was to act as the inspiration for ‘A Bear Called Paddington’  first published fifty years ago, in 1958. In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded the OBE for his services to children’s literature.

Featured books by Michael Bond

Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories

Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

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Other books by Michael Bond

Paddington's Suitcase

Paddington's Suitcase

Author: Michael Bond Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/03/2021

Enjoy eight delightful Paddington story books in this special gift edition suitcase. Children's favourite, Paddington is al bear of earnest good intentions who gets drawn into mishap and adventure at every turn. Thankfully his great sense of logic and determination manage to get him out of most scrapes, albeit in perhaps some rather unconventional ways. Find out what happens when Paddington gets all the wrong kind of attention at the zoo, goes on a funfair ride and 'helps' around the house... The Paddington books contained in the suitcase are: Paddington and the Busy Day Paddington and the Marmalade Maze Paddington and the Tutti Frutti Rainbow Paddington at the Fair Paddington at the Palace Paddington at the Zoo Paddington Minds the House Paddington the Artist

Paddington Helps Out

Paddington Helps Out

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2021

To celebrate Paddington Bear's 60th birthday in 2018 this hilarious classic novel from master storyteller Michael Bond has been given a fresh new look. Paddington is now a major movie star! Oh dear! said Paddington, I'm in trouble again. Somehow trouble always comes naturally to Paddington. What other bear could catch a fish in his hat, or cause havoc in the Browns' kitchen just by trying to be helpful? For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

'[A] fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated . . . Beautifully written and researched.' - Isabella Tree, author of Wilding The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements. In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour. The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our nomadic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing. Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience. For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.

Paddington Little Library

Paddington Little Library

Author: Michael Bond Format: Board book Release Date: 01/03/2021

This irresistible little library contains four fun books about everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star! Learn all about the nation's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star - in these four mini board books packaged together in an attractive slipcase. Find out how Paddington travelled all the way from Peru to London and met the Brown family, and follow him through some hilariously action-packed days. These funny stories are perfect for the youngest of Paddington fans to take out and about and enjoy wherever they go. The books included are: Paddington - The Arrival Paddington at Home Paddington at the Seaside Paddington Goes Shopping

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear with this hilarious brand new classic picture book. Paddington is now a major movie star! For six decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world. When Mr Gruber takes Paddington on a special outing to St Paul's Cathedral, there is one surprise after another. But the biggest of all comes when Paddington is mistaken for a choir bear and suddenly finds himself joining the choir for a most unusual rehearsal!

The Psychology of the Chinese People

The Psychology of the Chinese People

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2021

The Chinese people constitute more than a quarter of the world's population, yet until now there has been no single volume that summarizes and integrates the wealth of data available, in English and Chinese, on the psychological functioning of the Chinese people. The Psychology of the Chinese People fulfills this role, emphasizing the prime areas of research, both past and present, the theoretical models used to integrate these findings, and areas for future research. The book also provides a cross-cultural comparative perspective on the data. The topics covered include socialization, perception, cognition, personality, psychopathology, social behavior, and organization.

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

The Adventures of Parsley the Lion

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

A brand new glorious gift book of a much-loved classic. A celebration of words and pictures from the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, and contemporary genius and internet drawing sensation Rob Biddulph! Living in the magical Herb Garden, Parsley the lion is never quite sure what's going to happen to him next . . . especially with an excitable friend like Dill the dog around. Parsley made his debut in 1968 in the children's animated TV series The Herbs, written by the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond. Capturing the hearts of viewers, he went on to star in his own TV series The Adventures of Parsley in 1970, as well as in a series of books and on a wide range of merchandise. Now Michael Bond's hilarious books featuring Parsley the lion, first published nearly fifty years ago, are brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite contemporary colour gift edition, gloriously illustrated by the award-winning creator of Blown Away and Draw with Rob, Rob Biddulph.

How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness

How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Welcome to the wise and wonderful world of everyone's favourite bear. Paddington Bear is a beacon of happiness - well meaning, funny and always kind. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter ... and everything in between.

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Author: Michael Bond Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/10/2020

A funny, festive picture book about Paddington, the beloved, classic bear from darkest Peru. When the Browns take Paddington to the Christmas grotto at the local department store, their journey through the Winter Wonderland is full of unexpected surprises. But the best surprise is a present from Santa. After all, who else would find the perfect present for a bear like Paddington? Join Paddington on his festive adventure as he discovers why Santa Claus makes everyone's Christmas so special.

Paddington: A Treasury for the Very Young

Paddington: A Treasury for the Very Young

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over sixty years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, seven best-loved classic picture books are brought together in this lavish volume, truly to be treasured! Paddington is now a major movie star! Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around. This sumptuous treasury brings together seven of the most popular stories: Paddington Paddington at the Zoo Paddington at the Palace Paddington in the Garden Paddington and the Marmalade Maze Paddington the Artist Paddington at the Tower

Paddington in Scots

Paddington in Scots

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2020

Now translated into Scots by James Robertson for the very first time, this classic children's tale is sure to delight Scots readers both new and old, and fans of Paddington, alike. Paddington Bear, the friendly bear from Peru - with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with secret compartment), duffel coat and love of marmalade - has become a classic character from British children's literature. Enjoy the classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who stowed away on a ship headed for England. He arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read, 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.'

More Funny Paddington Stories

More Funny Paddington Stories

Author: Michael Bond Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2020

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over sixty years. Here you can listen to seven hilarious Paddington stories, read by Stephen Fry and Jim Broadbent. Paddington is now a major movie star! Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around. This fun-filled collection brings together seven of Paddington's laugh-out-loud adventures, read brilliantly by Jim Broadbent and Stephen Fry. Paddington at St Paul's (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2018) Paddington at the Carnival (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1997) Paddington at the Circus (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 2000) Paddington the Artist (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1985) Paddington at the Hospital (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond and Karen Jankel 2001) Paddington at the Tower (Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1975, 2011) Paddington's Christmas Surprise(Text copyright (c) Michael Bond 1997, 2008)

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2020

From the creator of Paddington Bear comes a tale of dastardly villains and unlikely tiny heroes... The Perk family live in a doll's house in a castle. The castle is their home - but when someone new with devious plans comes to rule the roost, will our family of mice come up trumps? Full of humour and warmth, this nostalgic tale by Michael Bond is brought to life with exquisite detail by Emily Sutton.

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'[A] fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated . . . Beautifully written and researched.' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements. In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour. The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our nomadic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing. Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience. For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

Author: Michael Bond Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'[A] fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated . . . Beautifully written and researched.' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements. In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour. The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our nomadic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing. Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience. For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Author: Michael Bond Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/02/2020

A hilarious story of everyone's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star - read by Stephen Fry! For six decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world. When Mr Gruber takes Paddington on a special outing to St Paul's Cathedral, there is one surprise after another. But the biggest of all comes when Paddington is mistaken for a choir bear and suddenly finds himself joining the choir for a most unusual rehearsal!

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