We at The Agency are greatly saddened to say that Michael Bond CBE died yesterday. The Agency, in its many guises, has represented Michael since the ’50s.
Michael is best known as the author of the much-loved Paddington Bear books. First published in 1958, Paddington has remained on bookshelves in the UK and around the world ever since. Hilary Delamere, who has been Michael’s book agent since 1992, said that “it has been a delight to work with Michael over the last 25 years. I will miss him dearly.”
Stephen Durbridge has represented Michael’s film and television rights since the mid ’70s and liaised with the Copyrights Group over the high successful merchandising and commercial exploitation. Stephen has said: “An extraordinarily talented and trusting client and friend, topped by being a lovely man.”
HarperCollins, Michael’s publisher since 1958, have sent out an official statement which can be found here: https://t.co/GknPRQxMaB.