Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories

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Written by: Michael Bond
Illustrated by: Peggy Fortnum

Three classic Paddington Bear stories, by master storyteller Michael Bond, are brought together for the first time in this special collection for World Book Day.

Nothing is ever straightforward when Paddington is involved. Whether he is attempting detective work, helping to sail a boat or performing magic, ordinary things have a habit of becoming quite extraordinary!

Laugh out loud with everyone’s favourite bear from Darkest Peru!

    About the Author

    Michael Bond

    Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in January 1926. He served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army during the Second World War. He first began writing in 1945 when he was in the Army, selling his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion for seven guineas.

    On Christmas Eve, 1956, while working as a BBC cameraman, Michael bought a small toy bear which had been left alone on a shelf in a London department store. Feeling sorry for it, he took it home and gave it to his wife. They lived near Paddington Station and Michael had often thought that Paddington would make a good name for a character.

    One day he saw the bear sitting on the mantelpiece and it sparked an idea: “When I wrote those few words, I had no idea quite what a change they would eventually make to my life. It was really a case of putting something down on paper in order to get my brain working that morning.” Michael soon found that he had a book on his hands, and in 1958 A Bear Called Paddington was published with many, many more stories to follow.

    60 years later, the Paddington books have sold over thirty-five million copies worldwide and been translated into over forty different languages. Paddington continues to touch the heart of readers worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures, and has even starred in a blockbuster movie, with a sequel to follow in November 2017. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in July 1997 and then a CBE in June 2015.

    Michael died in June 2017, leaving behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.

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