A bear called Paddington

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The author Michael Bond pass away at aged 91 last 28 June. He was the creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear.

Michael Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, in 1958.

The author, born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, kept writing until his death. His most recent Paddington story, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April.

His daughter, Karen Jankel said: “For him, writing was his life. It was wonderful he could continue writing until the end,” she said. “Because … Paddington and his other characters were so real to him, he became alive to everybody else.”

“You can tell just by reading his books what a lovely person he was. I never came across anybody who disliked my father. He was one of those people that people instinctively warmed to and he was as funny as…

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