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Death announced of Paddington Creator, Michael Bond

28th June 2017

The death has been announced of Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond at the age of 91 following a short illness.

He published his first book in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington, about a marmalade-loving bear from Peru who comes to live in London. He continued writing about the bear (and other characters) right up until his death. The most recent story, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April this year. The inspiration for the character came from a bear Bond spotted in a shop window on his way home from the BBC studio where he worked as a cameraman on Blue Peter.

The beloved duffel-coat wearing bear inspired a tv series and, in 2014, a film starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman; a sequel is due out later this year.

Charlie Redmayne, chief executive officer of HarperCollins, said "Michael Bond was one of the great children's writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him. He was a wonderful man and leaves behind one of the great literary legacies of our time."

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter. Stephen Fray said Bond, “was as kindly, dignified, charming and lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us."

Bond was awarded an OBE and CBE in 1997 for services to children’s literature.

You can see all the Paddington and other books in print by Michael Bond here

 

 

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