Goodnight Mister Tom

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 3, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 448 pages
Goodnight Mister Tom is a Puffin Modern Classic by Michelle Magorian.Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London . . . Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award."The best books grow old gracefully. They retain their importance and affect each new generation as powerfully as the one before. These are the titles selected for Puffin Modern Classics" - Julia EccleshareMichelle Magorian was born in Portsmouth and on leaving school studied at the Rose Bruford College of speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Over the years she became interested in children's books and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, an International Reading Association Award and was also made into a superb film starring the late John Thor.Also by Michelle Magorian:Goodnight Mister Tom; Back Home; Waiting for my Shorts to Dry; Who's Going to take Care of Me?; Orange Paw Marks; A Little Love Song; In Deep Water; Jump; A Cuckoo in the Nest; A Spoonful of Jam; Be Yourself; Just Henry

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About the author (2010)

Michelle Magoriancombines her two careers as actress and writer. Her very first book, Goodnight Mister Tom, propelled her to fame and is widely regarded as a modern classic.


Born- Southsea, Portsmouth, November 6th 1947

Jobs- Actress

Lives- Petersfield

First Book- Goodnight Mister Tom, 1981


Michelle Magorian never set out to be an author. Her long-held ambition was to be an actress. She studied at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Whilst in Paris, she began a journal. After finishing her training, she embarked on work in touring and repertory theatre companies, continuing to scribble away in secret. It was in this environment that Michelle wrote Goodnight Mister Tom. Whilst researching Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle came across a photograph of a group of English children on a liner, returning from America to England. This picture inspired her second novel, Back Home. Michelle achieved her ambition of becoming an actress and has worked in theatre, television and film. Appropriately, both Goodnight Mister Tomand Back Homehave been adapted for television. Back Homewas also adapted for BBC Radio 4 and Goodnight Mr Tomhas been performed as a stage musical.


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