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Maggie Fergusson is Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature and Literary Editor of Intelligent Life. Her first book, George Mackay Brown: The Life, won the Saltire First Book Prize, the Marsh Biography Award, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award and the Scottish Arts Council Biography Award. Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He was written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His bestselling novels include Kensuke's Kingdom, Shadow, Private Peaceful, An Elephant in the Garden and Born to Run. He was made Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, a role which took him all over the country to inspire children with the joy of reading stories.
' ... what [Maggie Fergusson] has done is to present, with tact and insight, a man who is clearly complex, ferociously energetic, idealistic, not always easy to get on with but - at least in the words of his friend Philip Pullman - 'a truly good man' ... Fergusson has done her subject proud, skilfully evoking both the high and low points of a busy and productive life ... This combination is an original idea, and the stories nicely complement the unfolding life. But in the last resort the most compelling story is just that - as told by a masterly biographer' Penelope Lively, Spectator 'Maggie Fergusson explores the 'six selfs' of the author ...Morpurgo has written seven stories reflecting on these roles and they are a joy to read' Sunday Telegraph 'Despite her cosy relationship with her subject she offers him no comfortable ride ... Morpurgo has worked hard for his success. This compassionate and appreciative biography of a good man is nothing less that his due.' Nicholas Tucker, Independent 'Mrs Fergusson's instinctive empathy with her subject has been abetted by his co-operation and that of his close family and friends ... The result is fascinating - and salutary for our more emollient age ... Exploring and explaining, balanced and impeccably researched, this is biography at its best. It shows us how, If Mr Morpurgo's wells are deep and often run dark, their water runs clear and pure' Country Life 'Maggie Fergusson describes all this with great verve, which, counter-pointed by Morpurgo's semi-fictional reactions, gives the biography a powerful sense of unpredictability and excitement' Piers Plowright, Camden New Journal