The beloved and much-missed author of the bestselling Paddington Bear books sold over 35 million copies of these treasured tales around the world, as well as many other stories for children and adults. Find out more about Michael Bond below.
1. He was born Thomas Michael Bond on 13 January 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire.
He was an only child and the son of a post office manager. He had an unhappy time at school and left at the age of 14.
2. As a boy growing up in Reading, Berkshire, Michael loved to visit Reading Station to watch the Cornish Riviera Express go steaming by. This would inspire his love of trains.
Some of his visits were rather more poignant, however, as he watched evacuees flood in by train during World War II. The evacuees wore labels around their necks which read 'thank you'. This would be the inspiration for the label Paddington wears around his neck when he first arrives at Paddington Station.
3. After leaving school, Bond worked for the BBC, and in 1943, at the age of 17, he signed up for the RAF.
He served in the RAF and the British Army during World War II.
4. It was in 1958, when Michael was working as a BBC cameraman, that he wrote the charming tale, A Bear Called Paddington.
In an interview for The Telegraph in 2016, he said he could have pasted his room with rejection slips. Thankfully, he never gave up, and as a result, we've been fortunate enough to enjoy his wonderful stories.
5. He'd been gradually building up the inspiration to write the Paddington Bear books, but the final spark came almost 60 years ago, when Michael was looking for a Christmas gift for his wife in Selfridges.
He saw a forlorn-looking teddy bear, sitting alone on a shelf. He felt rather sorry for it and was inspired to write a book about a stranded little bear who finds a new family.
6. Beginning in 1958, Michael wrote more than 150 Paddington Bear tales. They've been translated into more than 40 languages.
The marmalade-loving bear has proved hugely popular around the globe.
7. The success of the series led to the release of a feature-length film, Paddington, in 2014.
The delightful and popular film stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville.
8. Michael also wrote a number of children's books about the mischievous little guinea pig, Olga da Polga, and a series of adult cosy crime books about the food-loving detective, Monsieur Pamplemousse, and his sniffer dog, Pommes Frites.
The Olga da Polga books were inspired by Michael's particular affection for guinea pigs, and the main character was named after his own beloved pet guinea pig. In 2014, he was onto his sixth real Olga!
9. Michael Bond was awarded an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015.
He was awarded the honours for his services to children's literature.
10. Michael was married and had two children and four grandchildren.
He lived in London near Paddington Station, the place that inspired many of his stories. He passed away at his home on 27 June 2017, aged 91, after a short illness.