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Michael Morpurgo


UK (1943 - )

Michael Morpurgo, author of more than fifty books, has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. 'Wombat Goes Walkabout' (Collins) was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Awards. 'The Butterfly Lion' (Collins) won the 1996 Smarties Book Prize and the Writers' Guild Children's Book Award 1996. It was shortlisted for the Young Telegraph / Fully Booked Children's Paperback of the Year Award 1996 and The Children's Book Award 1996. 'The Dancing Bear' (Collins) was shortlisted for the Writers Guild Children's Book Award 1994 and the Young Telegraph Children's Paperback of the Year Award 1994. He won the 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award for 'Wreck Of The Zanzibar' (Reed).

Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, "oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over." He hasn't always been like that, though. When he was young he went to school in London, Sussex and Canterbury (one at least of which was horrible enough to inspire him to describe obliquely in 'The Butterfly Lion' ). After school he went on to university in London, followed by a step in the teaching profession and a job in a primary school in Kent.

Twenty five years ago Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms For City Children. They now have three farms - Nethercott in Devon, Treginnis in Wales and Wick in Gloucestershire, where children from towns and cities could come and be farmers. "As a teacher I realised many children had little real contact with the world around them - to them the television was real. I wanted them to experience life at first hand." Michael's first picture book for Collins, 'Sam's Duck', is about the first farm and is a touching story about the magic and harsh realities of rural life. The book, beautifully illustrated by the highly regarded and exceptionally talented artist Keith Bowen, was described by the Sunday Times as 'a classic as soon as it came off the presses.'

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. "For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers."

Michael hopes to continue writing fresh stories, as well as staying healthy, keeping his family happy, and developing 'Farms For City Children' so that thousands more children can benefit.
 
Series
War Horse
1. War Horse (1982)
2. Farm Boy (1997)
War HorseFarm Boy
 
Cock-A-doodle-doPigs Might Fly!Alien InvasionSix Animal Adventures
 
Novels
Long Way Home (1975)
Friend or Foe (1977)
Nine Lives of Montezuma (1980)
Miss Wirtles Revenge (1981)
Twist of Gold (1983)
Little Foxes (1984)
Why the Whales Came (1985)
Tom's Sausage Lion (1986)
King of the Cloud Forests (1987)
Mossop's Last Chance (1988)
My Friend Walter (1988)
Mr. Nobody's Eyes (1989)
Waiting for Anya (1990)
The Sandman and the Turtles (1991)
The War of Jenkins' Ear (1993)
The Dancing Bear (1994)
Arthur, High King of Britain (1994)
The Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995)
The Ghost of Grania O'Malley (1996)
The Butterfly Lion (1996)
Robin of Sherwood (1996)
Gullivers Travels (1997)
Arthur, High King of Britain - Excalibur (1998)
Camelot: The Last Days (1998)
Red Eyes at Night (1998)
Escape from Shangri-La (1998)
Wartman (1998)
Joan of Arc (1998)
Kensuke's Kingdom (1999)
Black Queen (2000)
Dear Olly (2000)
Billy the Kid (2000)
Out of the Ashes (2001)
Toro! Toro! (2001)
The Last Wolf (2002)
The Sleeping Sword (2002)
Mister Skip (2002)
Cool! (2002)
Private Peaceful (2003)
Cool as a Cucumber (2003)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004)
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2005)
I Believe in Unicorns (2005)
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea (2006)
Beowulf (2006)
Born to Run (2006)
     aka Best Mates
The Mozart Question (2007)
Kaspar: Prince of Cats (2008)
     aka The Titanic Cat
Running Wild (2009)
An Elephant in the Garden (2010)
Not Bad for a Bad Lad (2010)
Shadow (2010)
Little Manfred (2011)
Outlaw: The Story of Robin Hood (2012)
Sparrow: The True Story of Joan of Arc (2012)
Mr Skip (2012)
A Medal for Leroy (2012)
Wherever My Wellies Take Me (2012)
Pinocchio (2013)
Listen to the Moon (2014)
Long Way HomeFriend or FoeNine Lives of MontezumaMiss Wirtles Revenge
Twist of GoldLittle FoxesWhy the Whales CameTom's Sausage Lion
King of the Cloud ForestsMossop's Last ChanceMy Friend WalterMr. Nobody's Eyes
Waiting for AnyaThe Sandman and the TurtlesThe War of Jenkins' EarThe Dancing Bear
Arthur, High King of BritainThe Wreck of the ZanzibarThe Ghost of Grania O'MalleyThe Butterfly Lion
Robin of SherwoodArthur, High King of Britain - ExcaliburCamelot: The Last DaysRed Eyes at Night
Escape from Shangri-LaWartmanJoan of ArcKensuke's Kingdom
Black QueenDear OllyBilly the KidOut of the Ashes
Toro! Toro!The Last WolfThe Sleeping SwordMister Skip
Cool!Private PeacefulCool as a CucumberSir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Amazing Story of Adolphus TipsI Believe in UnicornsAlone on a Wide Wide SeaBeowulf
Born to RunThe Mozart QuestionKaspar: Prince of CatsRunning Wild
An Elephant in the GardenNot Bad for a Bad LadShadowLittle Manfred
Outlaw: The Story of Robin HoodSparrow: The True Story of Joan of ArcMr SkipA Medal for Leroy
Wherever My Wellies Take MePinocchioListen to the Moon
 
Omnibus
The Marble Crusher: And Other StoriesThe Animals CollectionClassic Collection: v. 1Classic Collection: v. 2
War StoriesTimes of War CollectionMichael Morpurgo Christmas CollectionThe Classic Morpurgo Collection: Kaspar / Born to Run / Butterfly Lion / Running Wild / Alone on a Wide / Wide Sea; Farm Boy
Morpurgo War Stories: Private Peaceful / Little Manfred / Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips / Toro! Toro! / Shadow; An Elephant in the GardenStories of King ArthurWorld War One Collection: Private Peaceful / Medal for Leroy / Farm BoyFavourite Cat Stories: Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips / Kaspar / Butterfly Lion
Favourite Dog Stories: Cool! / Shadow / Born to RunUnforgettable Journeys: Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea / Running Wild / Dear Olly
 
Collections
It Never Rained (1974)
All Around the Year (poems) (1979) (with Ted Hughes)
The White Horse of Zennor: Other Stories from below the Eagle's Nest (1982)
Michael Morpurgo Pack (1994)
Stories from Mudpuddle Farm: Martians At Mudpuddle Farm, And Pigs Might Fly, Jigger's Day Off (1994) (with Shoo Rayner)
Muck and Magic: A Collection of Farm Stories (1995)
Simply the Best (1996) (with Joan Aiken, Jonathan Allen, Sheila Lavelle, Jan Mark, Robert Swindells, Colin Thompson and Jacqueline Wilson)
Michael Morpurgo Stories (2000)
From Hereabout Hill: A Collection of Short Stories (2000)
More Muck and Magic: Stories from the Countryside (2001)
Kids' Night In: Warchild (2003) (with Eoin Colfer, Annie Dalton, Garth Nix, Darren Shan and Jacqueline Wilson)
Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Story-maker's Journey (2006)
Three for Tea: Tasty Tales for You And Me (2006) (with Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson)
Animal Tales: Three Stories in One (2008)
Free?: Stories Celebrating Human Rights (2009) (with David Almond, Ibtisam Barakat, Malorie Blackman, Theresa Breslin, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Ursula Dubosarsky, Jamila Gavin, Patricia McCormick, Margaret Mahy, Sarah Mussi, Meja Mwangi and Rita Williams-Garcia)
Ox-Tales:Water (2009) (with William Boyd, Michel Faber, Giles Foden, Esther Freud, Zoë Heller, Heri Kunzu, David Park and Vikram Seth)
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag (2011) (with Adèle Geras, Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson)
From Hearabout Hill (2012)
Snow Tales: Rainbow Bear / Little Albatross (2012)
Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories (2012)
Stories of War (2013)
Island Tales (2013)
Of Lions and Unicorns: Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller (2013)
It Never RainedAll Around the YearThe White Horse of Zennor: Other Stories from below the Eagle's NestMichael Morpurgo Pack
Stories from Mudpuddle Farm: Martians At Mudpuddle Farm, And Pigs Might Fly, Jigger's Day OffMuck and Magic: A Collection of Farm StoriesSimply the BestFrom Hereabout Hill: A Collection of Short Stories
More Muck and Magic: Stories from the CountrysideKids' Night In: WarchildSinging for Mrs Pettigrew: A Story-maker's JourneyThree for Tea: Tasty Tales for You And Me
Animal Tales: Three Stories in OneFree?: Stories Celebrating Human RightsOx-Tales:WaterMagic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
From Hearabout HillSnow Tales: Rainbow Bear / Little AlbatrossMichael Morpurgo Christmas StoriesStories of War
Island TalesOf Lions and Unicorns: Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller
 
Plays
The Voices of Children
 
Picture Books
ConkerJo-Jo the Melon DonkeyColly's BarnThe King in the Forest
Snakes and LaddersBlodin the BeastSam's DuckCockadoodle-doo Mr. Sultana!
Wombat Goes WalkaboutThe Rainbow BearThe Silver SwanMairi's Mermaid
Gentle GiantIt's a Dog's LifeLittle AlbatrossDolphin Boy
The Best Christmas Present in the WorldOn Angel WingsThe Best of TimesThe Pied Piper of Hamelin
Beauty and the BeastWhere My Wellies Take MeThe Goose is Getting FatAll I Said Was
 
Chapter Books
Albertine, Goose QueenJigger's Day OffAnd Pigs Might FlyMartians at Mudpuddle Farm
Mum's the WordWho's a Big Bully Then?Hansel and GretelThis Morning I Met a Whale
The Kites are FlyingFox FriendHomecomingThe Castle in the Field
Meeting CezanneSnugMinikidHalf a Man
 
Michael Morpurgo recommends
The Closing March
The Closing March (1997)
Lynne Markham
"A cornet call of hope. A book that chokes you throughout, and not just on coal dust."
A Little Piece of Ground
A Little Piece of Ground (2003)
Elizabeth Laird
"A Little Piece of Ground is an exciting, enlightening and important story that brings to life the reality of events reported daily in the news, and will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts affecting our world today. A fine book, and a daring book."
Against the Tide
Against the Tide (2005)
(Against the Tide)
Theresa Tomlinson
"Utterly absorbing."
Montmorency's Revenge: Madman. Actor, Arsonist?
Montmorency's Revenge: Madman. Actor, Arsonist? (2006)
(Montmorency, book 4)
Eleanor Updale
"Thrills from first page to last."
Dog Lost
Dog Lost (2008)
Ingrid Lee
"A tough book, a tender book, and one I shan't forget."
My Name is Mina
My Name is Mina (2011)
(Skellig)
David Almond
"David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence."
Wild Wings
Wild Wings (2011)
Gill Lewis
"Here's a rare thing, a novel, and a first novel too, that opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you."
Life, Above All
Life, Above All (2011)
Allan Stratton
"An extraordinary literary achievement."
An Inventory of Heaven
An Inventory of Heaven (2012)
Jane Feaver
"Jane Feaver is a supremely compelling chronicler of rural isolation."
Loyal Creatures
Loyal Creatures (2014)
Morris Gleitzman
"One of the very best novels I have read."
A Song for Ella Grey
A Song for Ella Grey (2014)
David Almond
"David Almond is a very special writer."



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