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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.”

Books by Michael Morpurgo

  • Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

    Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

  • A Medal for Leroy

    A Medal for Leroy

  • An Elephant in the Garden

    An Elephant in the Garden

  • An Elephant in the Garden

    An Elephant in the Garden

  • Animal Tales

    Animal Tales

  • Arthur, High King of Britain

    Arthur, High King of Britain

  • Arthur, High King of Britain

  • Barrington Stoke 4u2read: Wartman

    Barrington Stoke 4u2read: Wartman

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

  • Beowulf

    Beowulf

  • Billy the Kid

    Billy the Kid

  • Black Queen

    Black Queen

  • Born to Run

    Born to Run

  • Born to Run

    Born to Run

  • Cockadoodle-doo, Mr Sultana!

    Cockadoodle-doo, Mr Sultana!

  • Conker

    Conker

  • Cool!

    Cool!

  • Cool as a Cucumber

    Cool as a Cucumber

  • Dear Olly

    Dear Olly

  • Escape from Shangri-La

    Escape from Shangri-La

  • Farm Boy

    Farm Boy

  • Farm Boy

    Farm Boy

  • Friend or Foe

    Friend or Foe

  • From Hereabout Hill

    From Hereabout Hill

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel

  • Homecoming

    Homecoming

  • I Believe in Unicorns

    I Believe in Unicorns

  • I Believe in Unicorns: Book and CD

    I Believe in Unicorns: Book and CD

  • It's a Dog's Life

    It's a Dog's Life

  • Kaspar, Prince of Cats

    Kaspar, Prince of Cats

  • Kaspar, Prince of Cats

    Kaspar, Prince of Cats

  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Kensuke's Kingdom

  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Kensuke's Kingdom

  • Little Foxes

    Little Foxes

  • Little Manfred

    Little Manfred

  • Little Manfred

    Little Manfred

  • Meeting Cezanne

    Meeting Cezanne

  • Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

    Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

  • Mr Skip

    Mr Skip

  • Mudpuddle Farm: Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

    Mudpuddle Farm: Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

  • Mudpuddle Farm: Pigs Might Fly

    Mudpuddle Farm: Pigs Might Fly

  • My Friend Walter

    My Friend Walter

  • Not Bad for a Bad Lad

    Not Bad for a Bad Lad

  • Of Lions and Unicorns

    Of Lions and Unicorns

  • Outlaw

    Outlaw

  • Out of the Ashes

    Out of the Ashes

  • Private Peaceful

    Private Peaceful

  • Private Peaceful

    Private Peaceful

  • Red Eyes at Night

    Red Eyes at Night

  • Running Wild

    Running Wild

  • Running Wild

    Running Wild

  • Shadow

    Shadow

  • Shadow

    Shadow

  • Snakes and Ladders

    Snakes and Ladders

  • Snow Tales

    Snow Tales

  • Sparrow

    Sparrow

  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

    The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

  • The Butterfly Lion

    The Butterfly Lion

  • The Butterfly Lion

    The Butterfly Lion

  • The Dancing Bear

    The Dancing Bear

  • The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

    The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

  • The Kites Are Flying!

    The Kites Are Flying!

  • The Last Wolf

    The Last Wolf

  • The Michael Morpurgo Collection

    The Michael Morpurgo Collection

  • The Mozart Question

    The Mozart Question

  • The Nine Lives of Montezuma

    The Nine Lives of Montezuma

  • The Sandman and the Turtles

    The Sandman and the Turtles

  • The Sandman and the Turtles

    The Sandman and the Turtles

  • The Sleeping Sword

    The Sleeping Sword

  • The War of Jenkins' Ear

    The War of Jenkins' Ear

  • The White Horse of Zennor

    The White Horse of Zennor

  • The White Horse of Zennor

    The White Horse of Zennor

  • The Wreck of the Zanzibar

    The Wreck of the Zanzibar

  • This Morning I Met a Whale

    This Morning I Met a Whale

  • This Morning I Met a Whale

    This Morning I Met a Whale

  • Tom's Sausage Lion

    Tom's Sausage Lion

  • Toro! Toro!

    Toro! Toro!

  • Twist of Gold

    Twist of Gold

  • Waiting for Anya

    Waiting for Anya

  • War Horse

    War Horse

  • War Horse

    War Horse

  • War Horse

    War Horse

  • Why the Whales Came

    Why the Whales Came

  • Wild At Heart

    Wild At Heart

Awards

Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.