Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017), who wrote
under the pen name Michael Bond, was a British author. He is best
known for a series of fictional stories for children, featuring the
character of Paddington Bear. More than 35 million Paddington
books have been sold around the world, and the characters have also
been featured in film and on television. His first book was published
in 1958 and his last in 2017, a span of 59 years.
1 Early life
4 Personal life
Paddington Bear series
Olga da Polga series
5.2.1 Chapter books
5.2.2 Picture books
5.3 Monsieur Pamplemousse series
5.4 Other books
7 External links
Michael Bond was born on 13 January 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire.
He was raised in Reading, where his visits to Reading railway station
to watch the
Cornish Riviera Express
Cornish Riviera Express pass through started a love of
trains. His father was a manager for the post office. He was
educated at Presentation College in Reading. His time there was
unhappy. He told
The Guardian in November 2014 that his parents had
chosen the school "for the simple reason [his] mother liked the colour
of the blazers ... she didn't make many mistakes in life but that was
one of them". Consequently, he left education aged 14, despite his
parents' wishes for him to go to university.
World War II
World War II was under
way and he went to work in a solicitor's office for a year and then as
an engineer's assistant for the BBC.
On 10 February 1943, Bond survived an air raid in Reading. The
building in which he was working collapsed under him, killing 41
people and injuring many more. Shortly afterwards he volunteered
for aircrew service in the
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force as a 17-year-old but he was
discharged after suffering from acute air sickness. He then served
Middlesex Regiment of the
British Army until 1947.
Bond began writing in 1945 while stationed with the army in Cairo, and
sold his first short story to the magazine London Opinion. He was paid
seven guineas, and thought he "wouldn't mind being a writer". In
1958, after producing several 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 series of books recounting the tales of
Paddington Bear, a bear from "darkest Peru", whose Aunt Lucy sends him
to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade. In the first book
the Brown family find the bear at Paddington Station, and adopt him,
naming the bear after the station. By 1965, Bond was able to give
BBC job to work full-time as a writer.
Paddington's adventures have sold over 35 million books, have been
published in nearly twenty countries, in over forty languages, and
have inspired pop bands, race horses, plays, hot air balloons, a movie
and television series. Bond stated in December 2007 that he did
not plan to continue the adventures of
Paddington Bear in further
volumes. However, in April 2014 it was reported that a new book,
entitled Love From Paddington, would be published that autumn. In a
film, Paddington (2014), based on the books, Bond had a credited cameo
as the Kindly Gentleman.
Bond also wrote another series of children's books, the adventures of
a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, named after the Bond family's
pet, as well as the animated
BBC television series The Herbs
(1968). Bond also wrote culinary mystery stories for adults, featuring
Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
Bond wrote a Reflection on the Passing of the Years shortly after his
90th birthday. The piece was read by David Attenborough, who also
turned 90 in 2016, at the national service of thanksgiving to
commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday at St Paul's Cathedral
in June 2016. On 20 June 2016,
StudioCanal acquired the Paddington
franchise outright. Bond was allowed to keep the publishing rights to
his series, which he licensed in April 2017 to
the next six years.
For services to children's literature, Bond was appointed Officer of
the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Birthday
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
in the 2015 Birthday Honours. On 6 July 2007 the University of
Reading awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
Paddington Bear statue in
Paddington Station after Michael Bond's
Bond was married twice – to Brenda Mary Johnson in 1950, whom he
separated from in the 1970s; and to Susan Marfrey Rogers in 1981, soon
after his divorce was finalised. He had two children. He lived in
London, not far from Paddington Station, the place that inspired many
of his books.
Bond died in London on 27 June 2017, at the age of 91. No cause was
given. The film
Paddington 2 (2017) was dedicated in his memory.
Paddington Bear series
1958 A Bear Called Paddington. London: Collins.
1959 More About Paddington. London: Collins.
1960 Paddington Helps Out. London: Collins.
1961 Paddington Abroad. London: Collins.
1962 Paddington at Large. London: Collins.
1964 Paddington Marches On. London: Collins.
1966 Paddington at Work. London: Collins.
1968 Paddington Goes to Town. London: Collins.
1970 Paddington Takes the Air . London: Collins.
1972 Paddington's Garden. London: Collins. ISBN 0-394-82643-4
Blue Peter Story Book (sometimes titled as
Paddington Takes to TV). London: Collins. ISBN 0-563-12356-7
1974 Paddington on Top. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-675377-9
1975 Paddington at the Tower. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-734141-5
1979 Paddington Takes the Test. London: Collins.
1980 Paddington on Screen. London: Collins. ISBN 0-440-40029-5
1984 Paddington at the Zoo. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-664744-8
1986 Paddington at the Palace. New York: Putnam.
1987 Paddington's Busy Day. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-181182-7
1992 A Day by the Sea ISBN 0-00-674310-2
2001 Paddington in the Garden. London: Collins.
2003 Paddington and the Grand Tour. London: Collins.
2008 Paddington Rules the Waves. New York: HarperCollins.
2008 Paddington Here and Now. New York: HarperCollins.
2012 Paddington Races Ahead. New York: HarperCollins.
2012 Paddington Goes for Gold. New York: HarperCollins.
2014 Love From Paddington. New York: HarperCollins.
2017 Paddington's Finest Hour. New York: HarperCollins.
2018: Paddington at St. Paul's. New York: HarperCollins.
Olga da Polga series
1971 The Tales of Olga da Polga. ISBN 0-14-030500-9
1973 Olga Meets Her Match. ISBN 0-582-16042-1
1976 Olga Carries On. ISBN 0-7226-5230-5
1982 Olga Takes Charge. ISBN 0-7226-5779-X
1987 The Complete Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus).
1993 The Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus).
2001 Olga Moves House. ISBN 0-19-275129-8
2002 Olga Follows Her Nose. ISBN 0-19-275246-4
2002 The Best of Olga Da Polga (omnibus). ISBN 0-19-275256-1
1975 Olga Counts Her Blessings. ISBN 0-14-050148-7
1975 Olga Makes a Friend. ISBN 0-14-050152-5
1975 Olga Makes a Wish. ISBN 0-14-050146-0
1975 Olga Makes Her Mark. ISBN 0-14-050149-5
1975 Olga Takes a Bite. ISBN 0-14-050150-9
1975 Olga's New Home. ISBN 0-14-050147-9
1975 Olga's Second House. ISBN 0-14-050151-7
Special Day. ISBN 0-14-050153-3
1983 The First Big
Olga da Polga Book (omnibus).
1983 The Second Big
Olga da Polga Book (omnibus).
Monsieur Pamplemousse series
1983 Monsieur Pamplemousse. ISBN 0-340-33142-9
1985 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission.
1986 Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot. ISBN 0-340-37364-4
1987 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure. ISBN 0-340-40331-4
1989 Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft. ISBN 0-449-90455-5
1990 Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates. ISBN 0-340-51341-1
1991 Monsieur Pamplemousse Rests His Case. ISBN 0-449-90639-6
1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm. ISBN 0-7472-3849-9
1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Location. ISBN 0-7472-0673-2
1993 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train. ISBN 0-7472-0935-9
1998 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume One. ISBN 0-7490-0352-9
1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Two. ISBN 0-7490-0442-8
1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Afloat. ISBN 0-7490-0347-2
1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Three.
2000 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation. ISBN 0-7490-0463-0
2002 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Vacation. ISBN 0-7490-0532-7
2003 Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines. ISBN 0-7490-0622-6
2006 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives.
2007 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution.
2011 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint.
2015 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Tangled Web.
1966 Here Comes Thursday.
1968 Thursday Rides Again.
1969 Thursday Ahoy!
1971 Thursday in Paris. ISBN 0-245-50647-0
1971 Michael Bond's Book of Bears (editor). ISBN 0-361-01738-3
1972 The Day the Animals Went on Strike. ISBN 0-289-70187-2
1975 Windmill. ISBN 0-289-70452-9
1975 How to Make Flying Things (nonfiction). ISBN 0-289-70555-X
1975 Mr. Cram's Magic Bubbles (picture book). ISBN 0-14-050072-3
1980 Picnic on the River. ISBN 0-00-123538-9
1980 J. D. Polson and the Liberty Head Dime. ISBN 0-7064-1381-4
1981 J. D. Polson and the Dillogate Affair. ISBN 0-340-27068-3
1983 The Caravan Puppets. ISBN 0-00-184135-1
1986 Oliver the Greedy Elephant (picture book with Paul Parnes).
1987 The Pleasures of Paris (guidebook). ISBN 1-85145-107-2
1988 A Mouse Called Thursday (omnibus). ISBN 1-85152-085-6
1992 Something Nasty in the Kitchen (picture book).
1996 Bears and Forebears: A Life So Far (autobiography).
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^ Michael Bond's last
Paddington Bear story out in 2018
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