At a loose end: Michael Bond’s Paddington: Here and Now

I’ve just finished the latest Paddington Bear book and it has been a gas. Paddington: Here and Now marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Bear from darkest Peru’s appearance at Paddington station.

Needless to say, he finds himself frequently at a loose end whilst taking a humorously, gentle look at English life from the outside. It definitely comes at the world from a more naive perspective but it is a fair amount of fun. Michael Bond’s creation is an institution and he does look at the inanities of the press and car-clamping.


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