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Michael Bond was born in New­bury, Berk­shire, in Jan­uary 1926. He first be­gan writ­ing in 1945 when he was in the Army.

On Christ­mas Eve 1956, Michael bought a small toy bear that had been left alone on a shelf in a Lon­don depart­ment store. Feel­ing sorry for it, he took it home and gave it to his wife as a present. The cou­ple lived near Padding­ton sta­tion and Michael had of­ten thought that Padding­ton would make a good name for a char­ac­ter.

One day he saw the bear sit­ting on the man­tel­piece and it sparked an idea. Michael soon found that he had a book on his hands, and in 1958 A Bear Called Padding­ton was pub­lished, with many, many more sto­ries to fol­low.

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