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Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

By Lucy Mapstone

Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at home aged 91 following a short illness.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children's Books, said: "I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond's publisher.

"He was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.

"He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations.

"My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue, and his children Karen and Anthony."

The writer became a giant of children's literature after his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958 about the bear who loves marmalade.

Bond wrote 150 books in total, with 25 additional books about Paddington.

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