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Shortlisted for Book Retailer of the Year & Children's Bookseller of the Year
Shortlisted for Book Retailer of the Year & Children's Bookseller of the Year

Michael Morpurgo Books

  • Michael Morpurgo 12 Books Set Collection - Young Adult - Paperback Young Adult Harper Collins
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    Michael Morpurgo 12 Books Box Set - Young Adult - Paperback

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Titles in this set : 1. Farm Boy2. Born to Run3. Shadow4. An Elephant in the Garden5. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips6. A Medal for Leroy7. Ru...

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  • The Master Storyteller 8 Books Set by Michael Morpurgo - Young Adult - Paperback Young Adult Egmont
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    The Master Storyteller 8 Books Set by Michael Morpurgo - Young Adult - Paperback

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    Title In This Set :1. War Horse2. Kensuke's Kingdom3. Long Way Home4. Mr Nobody's Eyes5. The Wreck of the Zanzibar6. King of the Cloud Forests7. Es...

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  • Michael Morpurgo War Horse 12 Books Collection Set - Ages 9-14 - Paperback 9-14 Dean
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    Michael Morpurgo War Horse 12 Books Collection Set - Ages 9-14 - Paperback

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    Titles in this set : 1. Waiting for Anya2. From Hereabout Hill 3. King of the Cloud Forests 4. Kensuke's Kingdom 5. Why the Whales Came6. Long Way ...

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  • Michael Morpurgo 8 Books Box set Collection (Series 2) - Young Adult - Paperback Young Adult Egmont
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    Michael Morpurgo 8 Books Box set Collection (Series 2) - Young Adult - Paperback

    Egmont Publishing

    Titles in This Set : From Hereabout Hill, Little Foxes The Nine Lives of Montezuma My Friend Walter Twist of Gold Waiting for Anya The War of Jenk...

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  • Michael Morpurgo 16 Books Set Collection - Ages 14-16 - Paperback Young Adult Egmont
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    Michael Morpurgo 16 Books Set Collection - Ages 14-16 - Paperback

    Egmont Publishing

    Titles in Collection 1) Kensuke's Kingdom2) War Horse3) King Of The Cloud Forest4) The Wreck Of The Zanzibar5) Why The Whales Came6) Escape From Sh...

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  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Extended Range HarperCollins Publishers
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    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Before the Steven Spielberg film, before the National Theatre production, there was the classic children's novel... In the deadly chaos of the Firs...

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  • The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo Extended Range HarperCollins Publishers
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    The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. ...

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    Grandpa Christmas

    Egmont UK Ltd

    This bestselling Christmas picture book by renowned children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Jim Field, is now available in paperback for...

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    Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    A stunning edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring an introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers. Told ...

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    Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Gorgeous new colour illustrations for the best-selling Kensuke's Kingdom. Washed up on an is...

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    Why the Whales Came

    Egmont UK Ltd

    An exciting historical adventure from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Gracie and her friend Daniel ha...

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    Friend or Foe

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    Friend or Foe is a gripping World War II story from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Evacuated from Lo...

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  • Running Wild Popular Titles HarperCollins Publishers
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    Running Wild

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    The epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the nation's favourite storyteller Michael Morpurgo. For Will and his mother, going to...

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    Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

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    A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller... Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Sprin...

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    Flamingo Boy

    HarperCollins Publishers

    A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION ...

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  • Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo Extended Range HarperCollins Publishers
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    Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphu...

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  • Arthur High King of Britain Popular Titles Egmont UK Ltd
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    Arthur High King of Britain

    Egmont UK Ltd

    An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Marooned on a s...

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  • Farm Boy Popular Titles HarperCollins Publishers
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    Farm Boy

    HarperCollins Publishers

    The magical sequel to 'War Horse', soon to be a major motion picture. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Gra...

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  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Popular Titles HarperCollins Publishers
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    The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

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    A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and...

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  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin Popular Titles Walker Books Ltd
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    The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Walker Books Ltd

    A beautiful edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In th...

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    The Birthday Duck by Michael Morpurgo

    HarperCollins Publishers

    The classic story of finding fun on the farm from the nation's favourite storyteller, gorgeously re-illustrated by Sam Usher. From Sir Michael Morp...

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  • The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo Extended Range Penguin Random House Children's UK
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    The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo

    Penguin Random House Children's UK

    It was Benjamin Postlethwaite's job all his long life to make sure the light shone brightly high up in the lighthouse on Puffin Island. Not once in...

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  • A Song of Gladness: A Story of Hope for Us and Our Planet by Michael Morpurgo Extended Range Pan Macmillan
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    A Song of Gladness: A Story of Hope for Us and Our Planet by Michael Morpurgo

    Pan Macmillan

    Travel the globe on an inspiring journey through the animal kingdom. A Song of Gladness is a timely reminder of the beauty and importance of the na...

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    Cool!

    HarperCollins Publishers

    Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move...

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Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s most beloved children’s authors. He’s written over a hundred books in his nearly fifty-year career, including Private Peaceful and Kensuke’s Kingdom. However, he’s best known for the novel War Horse, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed stage play, and a blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg. He co-created the Children’s Laureate position with then-Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and became the third to hold it, from 2003 to 2005.

Biography

Michael Bridge was born in 1943 in St Albans, the child of two actors. While his father was away fighting in World War II, his mother met Jack Morpurgo. His parents divorced, his mother remarried, and he and his brother took on Jack’s last name. The family lived in London and Essex, and Morpugo was sent away to school in Sussex and Canterbury. He went to army training in Sandhurst on his stepfather’s insistence but left after nine months. 

Morpurgo married Clare, daughter of the founder of Penguin Books, Sir Alan Lane, aged 19, with whom he had three children. Shortly after marriage, he studied English, French and Philosophy at King’s College London. He then became a primary school teacher in Canterbury. He discovered his love of storytelling when he made up tales for his students, and his first book was published in 1974.

The couple established the charity Farms for City Children in 1976, which gives inner-city children an experience of the countryside. They moved to Devon to set it up, where they still live. Over 90,000 children have visited the three farms the charity now runs at. Morpurgo views Farms for City Children as one of the greatest achievements in his life. It’s inspired many of his books, including War Horse.

Best-Known Books

Private Peaceful follows the memories of soldier Tommo, who was stationed in France during World War I. It starts with his early childhood, his father’s death, his friendship with his brother Charlie, and his falling in love with his school friend Molly. It then moves to the trenches, as Tommo lies about his age to join his brother on the front line. It was adapted into a play, a film, and a one-man show by Simon Reade. It also inspired a series of concerts of the same name.

Kensuke’s Kingdom is the story of Michael and his family, who decide to sail around the world after being made redundant. Michael is washed overboard with his dog Stella, and find themselves stranded on a small island. They finally meet Kensuke, the mysterious benefactor who’s been leaving food and fresh water at their cave shelter. Slowly, Michael and Kensuke bond, and conversation turns to the world outside the island. Kensuke’s Kingdom is currently being adapted into an animated film by the producers behind the adaptation of Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs. 

The Butterfly Lion has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. It’s the story of South African boy Bertie, who has to send his orphaned lion cub away to the circus when he is sent to boarding school in England. He becomes friends with a girl called Millie, and the story follows their lives through the Great War, to their search for the lion.
At Books2Door, we stock a variety of Michael Morpurgo’s books, including some great value box sets and collections. For other Children’s Laureates, see our Quentin Blake, Julia Donaldson, and Jacqueline Wilson collections.