Michael Bond

Born on this day: Thomas Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017). British author best known for creating Paddington Bear, the main character in a series of fictional stories for children. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, in a career spanning 59 years. More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, with his characters also featuring in film and on television.

Loz Pycock – FlickrMichael Bond, Saint Mary’s Square, Paddington CC BY-SA 2.0

Bond’s series of books recount the tales of a bear from “darkest Peru”, sent to the United Kingdom by his Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade. In the first book, the Brown family find the bear at Paddington Station, and adopt him, naming the bear after the station.

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