Writer, Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian was born in Hampshire. As a child she spent as much time as possible in the King’s Theatre in Portsmouth and her ambition was always to go on the stage. Michelle studied drama, including some time studying mime in Paris. From there she launched into a professional acting career and spent a few years touring all over the country.
Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom, published in 1981, has been translated into 11 languages winning awards in the UK, America and Australia. Her novel, Just Henry, a Costa Award winner in 2008, was adapted for television in 2011 and starred Sheila Hancock who appears briefly as her younger self in Michelle’s latest novel, Impossible! Michelle is currently working with the composer Stephen Keeling on the musical Sea Change.