Michael Bond was born in Newbury in 1926. In 1958, his first children's book, A Bear Called Paddington was published. In 1983 he started writing adult fiction, with his first tale featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites. He lives in London.
'Not a page passes without a well-earned chuckle, a guffaw, or a fit of the giggles' Strand Magazine