Michael talks about Walter Tull and the inspiration behind A Medal for Leroy


For Michael Morpurgo, writing books that people love isn’t enough. He believes he has a responsibility as a novelist to do much more than that.

In his first television interview about his new book, he tells Channel 4 that, like Dickens, he wants to “shine a light on injustice”.

A Medal for Leroy draws inspiration from the story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army and one of the first black players in the Football League.

A fascinating insight into issues of racism and injustice in sports and war.

Watch the Channel 4 interview here.

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