Countdown with Michael Bond
Interviewed 12 September 2015
During World War II he served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army. He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 when he was working as a television cameraman for the BBC.
He says: “I bought a small toy bear on Christmas Eve 1956. I saw it left on a shelf in a London store and felt sorry for it. I took it home as a present for my wife Brenda and named it Paddington as we were living near Paddington Station at the time.”
After the first Paddington book was accepted, Michael went on to write a whole series and by 1965 his books were so successful that that he gave up his job with the BBC in order to become a full-time writer.
Michael has also written another series of children’s books, the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. He also writes culinary crime novels for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
In 1997 Michael was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature.