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Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

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This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael’s brother Mark. Stunning il ...more
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Published June 23rd 2016 by Walker
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Kieran Fanning
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of Michael Morpurgo will love this. A fascinating insight into how he dreams up his stories. Cleverly constructed too, with each featured story containing a piece about the inspiration behind the story, an extract from the actual story, and a bit of historical detail too. Interesting the way he weaves his books from 3 or 4 true stories, history and family playing big parts. I haven't read many of his books but this book makes me want to go out and read more. So it's a good marketing tool, a ...more
Christine Ottaway
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I am a big Michael Morpurgo fan so having a whole book to read about where his stories come from and how he dreams that into existence was a delight.
Each chapter takes a book or pair of books and shows how ideas, personal history, chance meetings, objects or all manner of things weave together into one of his stories. There then follows an excerpt of the book and finally a section on the history of one of the main event of the book featured.
It made for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Though the book is quick read, wanted to read slowly to enjoy the themes. This collection us amazing read. To know about background for writing his books (21 books) and various aspects that made the author to write and various details referring to his research made me enjoy the book. Definitely a good read.
Sharon Brennan
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Michael Morpurgo's books and this one did not disappoint. If you want to find where his inspiration for his stories comes from and the history behind the events then this is a book you need to read. I read a version on Overdrive but will need to purchase a hard copy for my school library.
Claire Marchant
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book! So well put together with interesting informative historical information as well as personal accounts from Morpurgo about the origins of his stories, with snippets of the actual books to tie it all together. A must read for anyone interested in narrative or Michael Morpurgo himself.
Katy Noyes
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The sort of book that readers wait for... the story BEHIND the stories.

Morpurgo is very honest in this collection of anecdotes, memories, behind the scenes reminisces and extracts. He takes us through a good portion of his back catalogue, telling us just how they came to be.

There are some fascinating stories here, amazing coincidences, and it is clear throughout that if Morpurgo had not TALKED to people around him, asked questions, considered his surroundings and investigated, he wo
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Tanja
Another gem of a book by Michael Morpurgo, this time created with support from several members of his family, putting together excerpts of stories, background information as well as what gave the inspiration for the stories. I loved, loved, loved it and have already ordered the print copy too. I didn't just enjoy learning how he comes across the ideas and develops his stories, but also appreciated rereading excerpts of favorite stories and discovering the most fascinating and intriguing facts re ...more
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Sir Michael Andrew Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, ...more