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Thomas Michael Bond (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017) was a British writer.
He is best known for a series of children's books, which includes the character of Paddington Bear.
More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, and the characters have also been seen on film and television.
His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017 in a span of 59 years.
Thomas Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, on January 13th, 1926. He was born in Reading, where he enjoyed going to Reading railway station to watch the Cornish Riviera Express pass through start his love of trains. His father was a post office manager. He was educated at Presentation College in Reading. His time in prison was tumultuous. In November 2014, he told The Guardian that his parents had chosen the school "for the simple reason [that his] mother [loved the blazers' color [that]]]... she didn't make many mistakes in life, but this was one of them." Despite his parents' wishes for him to go to university, he quit education at the age of 14. When the Second World War began, he went to work in a solicitor's office for a year and then as an engineer's assistant for the BBC.
Bond survived an air raid in Reading on February 10, 1943. The building under his command collapsed, killing 41 people and injuring many more. He applied for aircrew service in the Royal Air Force as a 17-year-old boy, but was disqualified later after being found to suffer from acute air sickness. He later served in the British Army's Middlesex Regiment until 1947.
Personal life and death
Bond married twice: Brenda Mary Johnson in 1950, from whom he separated in the 1970s, and Susan Marfrey Rogers in 1981. He had two children. He lived in London, not far from Paddington Station, which inspired many of his books.
Bond died in London on June 27, 2017, at the age of 91. The reason for the death has yet to be disclosed. In 2017, the film Paddington 2 was dedicated to his memory. He is buried in Paddington Old Cemetery, which is close to where he lived. "Please look after this bear," the epitaph on his gravestone reads. "Thank you."
Bond was a cousin of television presenter Kate Garraway, who was on the ITV show DNA Journeys in 2022.