Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Michael Morpurgo

Not familiar with the name? He wrote The War Horse, the children's book on which the hit play is based. (We cited a video of the puppet horse here a little while ago.) The name was new to me, as I don't follow children's publishing, but in fact he is very popular. The profile in the Times is illuminating. 'Published in 1982, the book [The War Horse] was a “huge nonevent” at the time, according to its author, Michael Morpurgo; it drew better reviews than his earlier works but relatively little sales. It did get nominated for a big national prize, which it failed to win. Mr. Morpurgo, transported to the ceremony in a limousine, found that the car had mysteriously dematerialized during the evening; he left by subway.' More...

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