is Magwitch from Great Expectations, (1860), by Charles Dickens
Michael Morpurgo went to school in London, Sussex and Canterbury, and studied English and French at London University. While working as a primary teacher he discovered his power to tell and write stories that children enjoy. In 1976, Michael and his wife Clare started Farms for City Children, a charity that gives inner-city children the chance to experience country life. Michael now divides his time between working on his Devon farm and writing stories. He has written over 100 novels, picture books, collections of short stories and libretti, including War Horse, Private Peaceful and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Many have won prizes and been adapted for stage, film or television. Michael was the third Children’s Laureate (2003–2005), a post he helped to create with the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.