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The Story Behind War Horse

todaySeptember 11, 2020 7

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Andrew Phillips spoke with Author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo about his life and his latest book Owl or Pussycat. He reflected on the man he met who gave him the story behind War Horse. 

From Waterstones Bookshop Site “

Although he began writing as a teacher, it wasn’t until he and his wife Clare decided to move to Devon to establish the charity Farms for City Children that his career as an author was really established. Developed with the aim of giving inner-city children a chance to live and participate in a working farm, the charity gave Morpurgo the chance to observe first-hand the close, instructive relationship between children and animals, an experience that inspired him to write the bestselling novel, War Horse.

It was also during this time that he met the poet Ted Hughes, fishing by the river. The two became friends and collaborators, working together to establish the post of Children’s Laureate which Morpurgo later held. Morpurgo recalls how when War Horse failed to win the Whitbread Prize “he [Hughes] took me out for the day, not to console me, but to tell me that I had written a fine book, and that I would write a finer one.”

Hear the story, hear the realistic faith he has and the new book Owl or Pussycat. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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