Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Michael Bond dies

Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington bear, has died at home at 91 following a short illness, it was announced today.

The author lived in the Little Venice area of West London, near Paddington train station which inspired his famous character, with his 74-year-old wife Sue.

The writer became a beloved giant of children's literature after his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 about the bear from Peru who wears a blue coat and loves marmalade.

English author Bond wrote 150 books in total, with 25 additional books about Paddington following his first effort.

Speaking in April, he said: 'Paddington sees things very straight and very simply. If you think about how he would react, it's probably the right way.'

Michael Bond told us Paddington couldn’t comment on children locked up at Yarl’s Wood, he wasn’t political. But Mrs Bird could . . .

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