Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker’s Journey

A truly original collection of short stories, essays and commentaries by Michael Morpurgo. In this book he illuminates the craft of storytelling, analysing all aspects of writing and where it comes from within the writer and within himself.

This collection includes stories about suffering, imagination, creativity, inspiration, truth and love. There are some well-known, such as I Believe in Unicorns and some brand new stories such as The Mozart Question.

Michael says of the book, “€œI am a grower of stories. I farm them as surely as a farmer does his corn. I am a weaver of dreams: a teller of tales. I have, through my mother reading to me, through my own reading, through inspired teachers, through my great mentors, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ted Hughes and Sean Rafferty, through years of practice, discovered my way of doing it. Every writer’€™s way is unique I am sure, though perhaps we all have much more in common than we believe. My way may not be the best way, but it is my way, and I thought it might be interesting and maybe even useful and encouraging to tell the story of how I became the writer I am.”

Reading level: perfect for anyone, young or old, who loves great stories and wants to know more about the art of telling tales.