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Paddington Bear

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Paddington Bear

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Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear may be close to 50 years old, but there are still no signs of a mid-life crisis. These days, he’s got his own TV series, plenty of merchandise, a statue in Paddington Station concourse - and the books have sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into 30 different languages. Author Michael Bond, a BBC cameraman, started writing a series of stories about a bear he’d bought for his wife as a stocking filler on Christmas Eve 1956. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958, and several titles later Bond was able to leave the BBC and start writing full time. It was his memories of newsreels showing trainloads of child evacuees leaving London during the war, with labels around their necks and their possessions in small suitcases, that prompted him to do the same for Paddington, the evacuee from darkest Peru. In all, there are 18 Paddington books, as well as versions for younger children.


Your comments

Every English child can identify and love Paddington Bear. The books are an essential part of English up-bringing.

Joy Brass

Paddington Bear's version of "Singing In The Rain" is almost, not quite, as good as Gene Kelly's. (Morecombe & Wise version is close too.)
David Hodson

Didn't he come from Darkest Peru?

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry