Michael Bond … the bear necessities

RIP Michael Bond. 13 January 1926-27 June 2017.
Thanks for the many hours spent with Paddington Bear.

Routine Matters

Michael Bond … the bear necessities

2560-1 Illustration by Alan Vest

Michael Bond, (born 13 January 1926) is an English author, best known for his Paddington Bear series of books. Bond began writing in 1945 whilst stationed with the army in Cairo and sold his first short story to the magazine London Opinion. He was paid seven guineas, and thought he “wouldn’t mind being a writer”. In 1958, after producing a number of plays and short stories and while working as a BBC television cameraman (where he worked on Blue Peter for a time), his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published. This was the start of Bond’s series of books recounting tales of a bear from “Darkest Peru”, whose Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade; the Brown family found the bear at Paddington Station, and adopted him, naming the bear after the railway station. By 1967, Bond was able to give up his BBC job to…

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