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Michelle Magorian

Children's author of the award-winning Goodnight Mister Tom.

01/01/1947 -

Michelle Magorian biography and information

  • Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian surname.

  • Michelle spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth.

  • She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

  • Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968 to 1969. It was during those years that she started writing regularly.

  • From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Michelle also toured with her one-woman mime show in Italy and England.

  • Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom grew out of two short stories. She wrote the book in between acting jobs and on Sunday when she was working in the theatre. 

Book and writing awards

The Guardian Children's Fiction Award (Goodnight Mister Tom) and Costa Book Award (Just Henry)

Similar authors to Michelle Magorian

Michael MorpurgoNina Bawden and Joan Aitken.

Books by Michelle Magorian

Just Henry
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Cuckoo in the Nest
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Just Henry
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Cuckoo in the Nest
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A Little Love Song
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Spoonful of Jam
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A Little Love Song
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Just Henry
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Just Henry
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