Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.
"Please invite this wonderful story in, you won't regret it. History is rarely more movingly alive." Morris Gleitzman
"Michael Morpurgo [has an] exceptional ability to draw you in with a mixture of historical fact and emotional pull." Charlotte Norman, Waterstones Bookseller
"A belter of a book that rivals War Horse in its cinematic storytelling" Daily Telegraph
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
"Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching." Guardian
"Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects." Daily Telegraph
"There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo." Daily Express
"Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skilful, and incorporates
social and moral issues into his writing without being
self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative"
Elizabeth Reilly, British Council
"The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers." Guardian