Michael Bond, Paddington Bear’s,creator dies at 81

Michael Bond, Paddington Bear's,creator dies at 81

London,June28:His publisher HarperCollins announced Michael died at his home on Tuesday (June 27) following a short illness.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins children’s book, said: ‘I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, has died aged 91
Author Michael Bond with his creation Paddington Bear (Picture: Getty)

‘He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations. My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue and his children Karen and Anthony.’

Speaking about his death, HarperCollins CEO, Charlie Redmayne said: ‘Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him.

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, has died aged 91
Children’s favourite bear, Paddington (Picture: PA)

‘He was a wonderful man and leaves behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.’

Michael was born in Newbury in 1926, and began writing in 1945 while stationed with the British Army in Cairo – with his first book A Bear Called Paddington being published in 1958.

This started a series of books based around the beloved bear, who was renowned for his love of marmalade and iconic blue duffel coat and red hat.