Michael Bond has written a new book of Paddington adventures, which will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in April 2017. Paddington’s Finest Hour will show Paddington starring in a cookery TV show and clashing with a stage hypnotist, among other stories. It follows Love From Paddington, a collection of letters from Paddington published by HCCB in November last year. The book will feature decorations by R.W. Alley, who has illustrated the Paddington Bear books since 1997.
Kate Hayler, publishing director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, acquired world English language, digital and audio rights for the book from Hilary Delamere at The Agency, and will simultaneously with HarperCollins US.
HCCB executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to be publishing a new Paddington novel by Michael. HarperCollins Children’s Books is Paddington’s home and he is dearly loved by all of us here. It was a delightful surprise when Michael delivered this wonderful new book and it is always a joy to bring new Paddington adventures to fans young and old.”
The second instalment in the Paddington movie series will hit cinemas in November 2017, with a third movie already announced. Keep up with Paddington news on the delightful Paddington Facebook Page.