Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies

The news was confirmed by his publisher HarperCollis

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies

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Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.

In a statement, his publisher HarperCollins confirmed the author had died on Tuesday following a short illness.

The character, a bear from Peru who comes to live in London, went on to inspire a series of books, an animated TV series and a successful 2014 film.

Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958. Over eight decades, Bond wrote over 200 Paddington Bear titles.

He also wrote a selection of books about a guinea pig called Olga the Polga, as well as a French detective series centering on Monsieur Pamplemousse.

On writing, Bond previously told The Telegraph: “Every day, I come down in the morning and write. I work a seven-day week. I just press a button and there are words on the screen and off I go."

In the same interview, Bond spoke of his close relationship with his fictional furry friend.

“He’s always with me,” gestures Bond, with cheery affection to a sort of four-foot high space next to him. “I know just what he’s thinking. To me he’s very real.”

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