WAR STORIES

A contemporary classic collection of war-themed novels by former Children’s Laureate.

Three captivating tales from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. Packaged as an attractive slipcased set containing:
‘Private Peaceful’, Toro! Toro!’ and ‘The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’.

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Edinburgh Fringe – Private Peaceful

About the show: ‘Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit’ (Michael Morpurgo). ‘The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are… Read More

Michael at the memorial of Thomas Samuel Henry Peacefull

Michael Morpurgo’s novel Private Peaceful was partly inspired by the memorial of a young soldier that he saw in the Bedford House Cemetery in Ypres, Flanders.  A few years after the book first published, Maxine Keeble  was researching her family tree and thought that there might be a connection. She… Read More

Michael Morpurgo’s Unsung Heroes Book Tour Announced!

From 6th November, we will be sharing the reviews of three parent bloggers who have been reading some of Michael’s most moving stories set in war time: An Eagle in the Snow, A Medal for Leroy and Private Peaceful. All of the books were inspired by real life stories, events… Read More

Michael Morpurgo wins record-breaking fourth Children’s Book Award

Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Michael Foreman have been named overall winners of The Children’s Book Award 2017, cementing Michael’s position as one of the most celebrated children’s authors in the country.   Their book, An Eagle In The Snow also won the Books for Younger Readers category, before going on to… Read More

Private Peaceful | Pick Me Up Theatre

From 14 – 18 March 2017 a one-man stage adaptation of Private Peaceful will be performed at the John Cooper Studio Theatre, York. Private Peaceful tells the story of a young First World War soldier as he recalls his childhood memories while waiting for dawn on the Western Front. George Stagnell plays… Read More

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – Tour Dates Announced

Emma Rice directs her and Michael Morpurgo’s critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, a little known story of the rehearsal of the D-Day landings, and of the 946 people who were killed during Operation Tiger at Slapton Sands in Devon in 1944.   Imagine being told… Read More

946: The Amazing Adolphus Tips – 4 stars from The Evening Standard!

There’s method in the puppet mayhem of Emma Rice’s Kneehigh musical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s D-day tale – Susannah Clapp, The Evening Standard To read the review in full, click here… Read More

946: The Amazing Adolphus Tips on BBC Radio 4

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, actor Nandi Bhebhe discusses American servicemen who lost their lives in a botched D-Day rehearsal in 1944. She is appearing in the Globe’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice. To listen now on iPlayer,… Read More

The Globe’s Emma Rice and Michael Morpurgo talk 946: The Story of Adolphus Tips

As the first-ever family-friendly production comes to the Globe theatre, Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice tell David Ellis how they turned a Second World War tragedy into a triumphant show. To read the full article in the Evening Standard, click here!… Read More

Reflect on the life of Private Peaceful in the classroom

Join Michael Morpurgo on the 24th of June to teach your class about life in WW1 before the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st Michael Morpurgo, in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books, is hosting a real-time digital event on the 24th of June to encourage children… Read More

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips at The Globe

Stage adaptation of Michael’s novel by Michael himself and Emma Rice at The Globe between 11 August – 11 September 2016. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses… Read More

Private Peaceful to premiere on BBC One

Private Peaceful, an adaptation of Michael’s beloved First World War novel, will air on Sunday 24th January at 11.30pm. The film will follow a screening of War Horse, another film based on Morpurgo’s work, the same weekend. Morpurgo has urged parents and young people to stay up and watch the adaptation,… Read More

Michael Morpurgo named the winner of the TSBA Junior Award 2015 for Private Peaceful

Pupils, librarians and teachers from 10 schools, gathered in the Main Hall at Latymer Upper School, to celebrate the inaugural Trinity Schools Book Awards. Students from 14 of the 22 schools in the Trinity Group of independent schools in the South East took part in the book awards this year. Read More

NYT Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo drops into rehearsals

A century on from the First World War, National Youth Theatre stage a stunning adaptation of Private Peaceful, based on the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo. Inspired by the many soldiers court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the Great War, this is Simon Reade’s rarely-performed ensemble version of the award-winning… Read More

Special WW1 commemorative coin released by the Royal Mint

Michael Morpurgo’s beautiful and simple novel, A Medal for Leroy, is inspired by the true story of Walter Tull the first black officer in the British army. A special coin will be released by the Royal Mint as part of commemorations of the centenary of World War One. Walter Tull… Read More

Illustrationcupboard Gallery commemorates the centenary of World War One with a unique exhibition

First published in 1982 War Horse has become an international phenomenon. War Horse, first performed at The National Theatre in 2007 is the moving and inspiring story of Joey, the Devon farm-horse who travels to the Front and witnesses war on both sides. The production has won numerous accolades including… Read More

The stunning new WWI novel from Michael Morpurgo

May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is… Read More

Private Peaceful on Tour

Private Peaceful, adapted by Simon Reade, started its UK Tour to high praise. This one-man show relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in… Read More

Private Peaceful is Cityread children’s book

Launching on 31st March 2014, Cityread London will run throughout the entire month of April with events in every London borough. It was conceived to promote reading for pleasure, engage new library users and encourage people to explore and celebrate their city’s history. 2014 will also see, for the first… Read More

Private Peaceful Day launches with schools’ screenings

Michael Morpurgo will launch Private Peaceful Day on March 31 with a live Q&A via satellite following special screenings of the film for schools. In a major screening event for schools, 100 cinemas including Picturehouse & Cineworld, will show the film across the UK as part of the Centenary commemorations… Read More

Cast announced for Private Peaceful stage production!

Cast announced for Private Peaceful! The cast for the new, forthcoming tour of Michael Morpurgo’s hugely popular novel Private Peaceful has been announced! In this one-man show, the leading role of Private Tommo Peaceful will be shared by Paul Chequer and Andy Daniel. Paul has already played the role… Read More

Scamp Theatre & Fiery Angel present Private Peaceful

Casting is announced for the forthcoming tour of the celebrated stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s hugely popular children’s story, Private Peaceful. In this one-man show, the role of Private Tommo Peaceful will be shared by Paul Chequer and Andy Daniel. Paul played role of Tommo in the original production of… Read More

Poonamallee Productions in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre present Toro! Toro!

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Salisbury Playhouse, Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s story Toro! Toro! embarks on a national tour this autumn. Young Antonito lives an idyllic life on his parents’ cattle farm in southern Spain. But the peace is shattered when he realises… Read More

Private Peaceful returns to the West End

Tickets are now on sale for award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful which plays for a strictly limited 16 performances only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 18 – 29 September 2012. Directed and adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, Private Peaceful has designs by Bill Talbot and… Read More