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KMichael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo was born in St Albans, Hertfordhire, October 5th 1943. During the last years of the War, he was evacuated to Cumberland. After returning to London (where he attended St Matthias Primary School) he moved to Bradwell on the Essex coast - but by then he was mostly at boarding school (The Abbey in Sussex, and King's School Canterbury).

He has published well over 60 books. The Wreck of the Zanzibar won the Witbread Award, The Butterfly Lion won the Smarties Book Prize and Kensuke's Kingdom won the Children's Book Award. Several of his titles have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives with his wife, Clare, in Devon, where they run three 'Farms for City Children'. They were both awarded the MBE in the 1999 Wueen's Birthday Honours for services to youth.