Author of over one hundred books, many of them for children, Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, but he grew up in Reading. On leaving school at the age of fourteen, he spent a year in a lawyers’ office before joining the BBC as an engineer. During the war he served with both the RAF and the army, and it was in 1947, while stationed in Cairo, that he wrote his first short story. Its acceptance by London Opinion sowed the seeds of a future career, but before becoming a full-time writer he was to spend many happy and fruitful years as a BBC television cameraman

One snowy Christmas Eve he was taking refuge in Selfridges when he came across a small toy bear, literally left on the shelf. Bought as a ‘stocking filler’ for his first wife, Brenda, it was to act as the inspiration for ‘A Bear Called Paddington’, first published in 1958.

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.

Books by Michael Bond

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise
Paddington Goes to Hospital
Paddington at the Circus
Paddington at the Carnival
Paddington at St Paul’s
Paddington in the Garden
Paddington’s Post
Paddington and the Grand Tour
Paddington Goes for Gold
Paddington’s London Treasury
Paddington at the Tower
Paddington the Artist
Paddington at the Zoo
Paddington at the Palace
Paddington and the Marmalade Maze
Paddington’s Suitcase
The Complete Adventures of Paddington
Paddington
Love from Paddington
Paddington at Work
Paddington Marches On
Paddington on Top
Paddington Takes the Test
Paddington Takes the Air
Paddington At Large
Paddington Helps Out
Paddington Here and Now
More About Paddington
Paddington Goes To Town
Paddington Races Ahead
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington
Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories
Paddington Abroad
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington at St Paul’s
Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories
Paddington: A Classic Collection
Best-loved Paddington Stories
Paddington’s Finest Hour
Paddington’s Finest Hour
Paddington’s Guide to London
Paddington Little Library
Paddington Buggy Book
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington at the Circus
Paddington’s Big Suitcase
A Bear Called Paddington Collector’s Edition
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise
Paddington Goes to Hospital
Paddington – King of the Castle
Paddington at the Rainbow’s End
Paddington and the Disappearing Sandwich
Paddington at the Carnival
Love from Paddington
Love from Paddington
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise
The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young
A Paddington Collection
Favourite Paddington Stories
A Bear Called Paddington
The Classic Adventures of Paddington
Paddington Races Ahead
The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young
Ursus Nomine Paddington: A Bear Called Paddington
PADDINGTON’S COOKERY BOOK
Paddington the Artist
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise
Paddington – Goes Shopping
Paddington – At Home