Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children's literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. Michael died in 2017, leaving behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.
"If your holiday plans include a trip to the capital, a guidebook is a must-have and Paddington's Guide to London does the job perfectly... As well as packing in all the landmarks, he even manages to track down the marmalade in Fortnum & Mason." Sunday Express
Praise for Paddington Bear:
'I've always had great respect for Paddington... He is a British institution.' Stephen Fry
'Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature.' The Teacher
'Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters.' The Bookseller