Michael Morpurgo Books & Bio. Cheap Books by Michael Morpurgo. Book People

Michael Morpurgo

After being involved in the development of the role following a discussion with Ted Hughes, Michael Morpurgo was named Children's Laureate between 2003 and 2005. The bestselling author of "War Horse", Private Peaceful and Kensuke's Kingdom, Morpurgo's books cover themes of wartime, animals and friendship. Born in St Albans in 1943, Michael Morpurgo has written over 120 books and War Horse has been adapted into both a long-running West End play and a Hollywood blockbuster by director Steven Spielberg.



Michael Morpurgo Books

  • Michael Morpurgo Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780007974603 - Michael Morpurgo
    RPUR 9 years +
    9 years +
    (7)
    • £14.99
    • RRP £80.88
    • Save £65.89Save 81%
    • Just £1.25 per book
    Former Children's Laureate and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo writes heartfelt and poignant stories based around animals and wartime and this collection brings together 12 of his most beloved books.

    His bestsellers Born to Run, Shadow and Private Peaceful are among the bestsellers featured in this collection. Suitable for children aged 9 and over, these page-turners feature moments of triumph and tragedy, kindness and cruelty and heroism and heartbreak.

    Exceptionally written, these heart-warming books explore the power of humanity in all its forms and our love for animals and will introduce so many important themes.

    Format: paperback
  • MMAC 9 years +
    9 years +
    (8)
    • £17.99
    • RRP £80.00
    • Save £62.01Save 77%
    With 10 unabridged stories across 28 CDs and an approximate running time of 29 hours, this collection of audiobooks from Michael Morpurgo is full of simply wonderful stories.

    Including the likes of Private Peaceful, Born to Run and War Horse - the book that inspired both the long-running West End play and blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg - these are wonderful stories that will be listened to over and over again. The whole family will be captivated on long journeys.

    The books are read by a host of actors and celebrities including Derek Jacobi, Jenny Agutter, Luke Treadaway and even Michael himself!

    Format: CD (unabridged) Please note that the audio is non-transferable and must be played on a device suitable for CDs.

    CDs in this collection:
    War Horse (Discs 1-3), The Butterfly Lion (Discs 1-2), Kaspar (Discs 1-2), Private Peaceful (Discs 1-4), Farm Boy, Born to Run (Discs 1-3), Kensuke's Kingdom (Discs 1-3), Shadow (Discs 1-3), An Elephant in the Garden (Discs 1-4), The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Discs 1-3)
  • KNK2 9 years +
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00Save 42%
    Former Children's Laureate and a huge favourite, Michael Morpurgo won the Red House Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom, a book which tells the tale of a young boy who is washed overboard while sailing the world with his family. Michael wakes up to find himself alone on a desert island in the Pacific, or so he assumes...

    This poignant and sensitive story deals with bravery, friendship and sacrifice and is an unforgettable page-turner of an adventure. Readers from 9+ will be enthralled by this moving, bittersweet tale.
  • BWV2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00Save 42%
    The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author-and-illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.

    In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat it. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

    Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this is a perfect introduction to a famous tale.
  • ARCGO
    • £2.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £4.00Save 57%
    I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...This is from the author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse, this is a spellbinding adventure story about friendship and survival. Kensuke's Kingdom was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the FCB Award. "A dazzling adventure". (The Times).
  • RWI2 9 years +
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £4.49
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £2.50Save 35%
    Running Wild, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, tackles some big, contemporary issues including the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest and illegal animal trafficking.

    At the centre of the story is a boy's heart-warming friendship with an elephant who saves his life and a group of orphaned baby orang-utans who see him as a surrogate mother. Readers aged 9 and over will love this adventure story, although there are some sad themes.
  • BUI2 7 years +
    7 years +
    (4)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £2.00Save 33%
    The Butterfly Lion by award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo is a powerful tale that is guaranteed to capture its young readers' hearts.

    At the centre of the story is a moving friendship between a young boy and an orphaned lion cub, but the novel also raises issues of bullying through the experiences of the present day narrator Michael.

    Winner of the Smarties Book Prize, this is a sensitive story that Morpurgo fans aged five and over will absolutely love.
  • WAM2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00Save 42%
    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+.

    As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning novel, there's never been a better time to read the book.
  • OUL2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.49
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £2.50Save 35%
    A vivid re-imagining of a legendary folk tale by the bestselling author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo's Outlaw is a compelling retelling of the Robin Hood story which will keep fans of Beowulf and Private Peaceful reading late into the night.

    After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story... Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against the Sheriff of Nottingham once and for all. Will Robin Hood find the courage to become a legendary hero..?

    A former children's laureate and a multi-award winning author of children's books, Michael Morpurgo seems to be able to do no wrong when it comes to writing great books for children aged 9 and above, and in the case of Outlaw, he triumphs once more!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • AHATQ 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £5.59
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £1.40Save 20%
    Friend or Foe is a gripping World War II story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo.

    Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.

    When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life... Friend or Foe is one of the most popular war stories for children today.

    Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master storyteller with this fascinating World War II story.
  • KPA2 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.49
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £2.50Save 35%
    Kaspar Prince of Cats is written by the best-loved author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. This story is a gripping read, focusing on the touching relationship between a boy and an aristocratic cat as they set off for a fateful journey on the Titanic. Michael Foreman's stunning illustrations make this a lovely book to share and read aloud.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • ADDQI 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £5.39
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £0.60Save 10%
    Bestselling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War in Toro! Toro!, a book illustrated by Michael Foreman.

    The story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring. Antonito hand rears a little black calf and they become firm friends, but the boy doesn't yet understand the fate of the black bulls -- the corrida and death. Later, when he learns of the horrors of the bull fight, he frees Paco, the black bull, and rides with him into the hills.

    There they witness the bombing of their village (it's the year 1936, and the Spanish Civil War has started) and Antonito cannot go back -- his family and the farm are destroyed, and Paco has run off, wild with fright. He decides to stay in the hills, where he meets up with the Resistance fighters. During the War, Antonito hears stories round the campfire of the wonderful black bull, who becomes a symbol of freedom for them all. Could this really be Paco?

    But no-one has ever seen him. After the war, when Antonito is working as a muleteer in the mountains, he falls asleep and dreams of Paco. In the morning, he wakes to see hoof prints on the ground beside him! A delightful story, full of nostalgia and drama in the author's own inimitable style.
  • CFM2 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £2.00Save 33%
    Young readers love reading the works of Michael Morpurgo and this illustrated edition of The Castle in the Field will be no exception. In this story for children aged 5 plus, the former Children's Laureate and War Horse author tells the story of Chris, Lisa, Tom and their secret hide-out.

    The trio spend their days in this special place in the Castle, an old WWII pill-box. But the Castle is on the miserly Old Rafferty's land - and he hates kids. Soon Chris, Lisa and Tom are in trouble when they're locked in...

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is a very exciting story that will work as a wonderful introduction to Michael Morpurgo.
  • PTF2 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £4.49
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £2.50Save 35%
    Michael Morpurgo's novel, Private Peaceful, swoops the reader's emotions up and down in this stirring story of a soldier caught up in the horrors of the First World War.

    Although the story takes place in the space of just one night, there's a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows in store as Tommo recounts anecdotes from his childhood and relives nightmare experiences of fighting in the trenches.

    Private Peaceful won the Red House Children's Book Award and is an essential read for children aged nine and above who are learning about the First World War and how it affected ordinary lives.

    Readers who enjoy Private Peaceful may also like Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.
  • AAKTN
    (1)
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £3.00Save 20%
    A timeless collection of over twenty of Aesop's best-loved fables, including favourites such as The Hare and the Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, Dog in the Manger and The Lion and the Mouse. The tales are retold with warmth and humour by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and brought to life by Emma Chichester Clark's exquisitely playful and distinctive artwork.
  • AAOHM 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £8.89
    • RRP £8.99

    Gorgeous new colour illustrations for the best-selling Kensuke's Kingdom. I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven't got your safety harness on, you haven't got your lifejacket on. You shouldn't be doing this ...I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone ...

  • ACSXJ 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £5.89
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £0.10Save 1%
    Read by Derek Jacobi and Michael Morpurgo Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa's nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo's writing. This two-voice read brings the characters to life as the story of Grandpa's 'shame' (the fact that he cannot read and write) unfolds. Derek Jacobi is sensitive and compelling in the role of Grandpa, inspiring a true sense of achievement and triumph as he finally tells his own story in his own words.
  • AELRE 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £14.89
    • RRP £14.99
    A further collection of the nation's favourite storyteller. FRIEND OR FOE (2cds), TORO TORO (2cds), FROM HEREABOUT HILL (4cds) and WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR (1cd) TORO TORO and FRIEND OR FOE
  • AEHMS
    • £6.89
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.10Save 1%
    This story is not a story at all. It all happened. On New Year's Day Becky Morley begins to write her diary. By March, her world has changed forever.

    Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out on a pig farm hundreds of miles from the Morleys' Devon home, but soon the nightmare is a few fields away. Local sheep are infected and every animal is destroyed.

    Will the Morleys' flock be next? Will their pedigree dairy herd, the sows with their piglets, and Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb, survive? Or will they be slaughtered too? The waiting and hoping is the most agonizing experience of Becky's life... Michael Morpurgo's Out of the Ashes is a poignant read.
  • ADWDC 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £5.59
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £1.40Save 20%
    From Hereabout Hill is a collection of short stories from former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.

    Bound to appeal to children aged 10 and over, this is essential reading for anyone who enjoys Morpurgo's stories!

    Included in this collection of short stories is a poignant tale about civil war, where a young girl hides from enemy soldiers in a public toilet; a haunting story of a little girl swept out to sea while collecting cowrie shells; and the moving account of two brothers, who, over the years, create a mental picture of their absent father. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story-teller with this diverse collection of stories for children.

    Stories in this collection: Giant's Necklace, Ancient Time, Silver Ghost, Muck and Magic
  • ABQGO
    • £6.89
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.10Save 1%
    Award-winning former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo's An Elephant in the Garden is a thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion!

    Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli's mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals - including the elephants - must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her! and then the bombs start to fall.

    Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in tow!
  • ACGTC 10 years +
    10 years +
    (2)
    • £6.49
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.50Save 7%
    Much-loved award-winning author Michael Morpurgo's Twist of Gold takes the reader on an epic journey through famine, hope and survival.

    Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine and plague in Ireland. They survive a shipwreck and land safely in America searching for their father. But their new land is one of hardship and they live in poverty on the streets of Boston. However, their adventure is just beginning...they live on a steamboat and then join pioneers travelling across the prairies.

    Their music and dancing bring joy to all they meet, but their family torc brings both blessings and curses and thieves prowl to get hold of it. Annie and Sean must hang on to their torc - their family's survival depends on it.
  • ACGTB 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.29
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.70Save 10%
    Waiting for Anya is a gripping historical adventure by the much-loved and award winning author Michael Morpurgo.

    It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border.

    Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.
  • ACGTA 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £6.29
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.70Save 10%
    Why the Whales Came is an exciting adventure and friendship story by much-loved, award-winning author Michael Morpurgo.

    Gracie and her friend, Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then, they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.

    They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don't know whether to believe the birdman's story that the island is cursed.

    Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I, this story will captivate and delight young readers.