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Summary Article: Bond, (Thomas) Michael from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1926-

♦ English children's author

He was born in Newbury, Berkshire, and worked for many years as a BBC cameraman. The creator of several fictional animal characters, including Parsley the Lion, Thursday the Mouse and the guinea pig Olga da Polga, he is best known for his most popular creation, Paddington Bear, a small bear so named because he was discovered at Paddington Station in London. Paddington wears a sou'wester, wellington boots and a duffel coat, from a toggle of which hangs a luggage label bearing the words, "Please look after this bear". Hapless, vulnerable and good-natured, Paddington has been the hero of many stories since his first appearance in A Bear Called Paddington (1958); his enormous popularity shows no sign of waning. Another creation is Monsieur Pamplemousse, about whom Bond has written a series of books for adults, from Monsieur Pamplemousse (1983) to Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution (2007). He published his autobiography, Bears and Forebears: A Life So Far, in 1996 and was awarded the OBE in 1997.

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