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Arthur High King of Britain [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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Book Description

5 May 2008

An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from Britain’s best-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.

Marooned on a sandbank, a boy faces certain death. With the sea closing in and the current about to drag him to a watery grave, his final wish is to see heaven. Waking in a strange bed, the boy meets an old man sitting by the fire with his dog. It is Arthur, the great warrior king of legend, and from his lips the boy hears of Camelot, chivalry, magic, evil and betrayal.

Former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with this Arthurian Legend.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405239611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405239615
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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About the Author

Michael Morpurgo Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the “poverty of experience” many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. "For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers." Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Shaw's Book Review 13 Oct 2002
By A Customer
A book that I read and enjoyed is "Arthur, High king of Britain" by Michael Morpurgo.
I chose this book because someone recommended it to me.
A boy finds King Arthur Pendragon has saved him from drowning. The ex king tells him some of the many stories of Camelot.
My favourite character is Guinevere. Arthur's wife is really sweet although she two times him in the end.
It is a romantic story but it is also full of betrayal, action and adventure! This is my kind of story.
The description of Camelot is very real and also the way he describes the green man. You can really imagine what he looks like!
I think most of my friends would like this book because it is a well written book and an exciting story.
Michael Morpurgo is one of my favourite writers. He has also written "Kensuke's Kingdom" and "the Sleeping Sword" which I also enjoyed.
(Catherine Shaw aged 8)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book and a moving tale 14 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I first heard this book on a tape from my local libary when i was very little and have been looking for it for years. very recently i found it in book shop and i'm very glad i did. The story told by King Arthur's point of view to entertain a small boy, who he hasd saved from drowning,is moving.
We hear arthur's story from the very begining,the sword being pulled from the stone right up to the fall of Camolot. We also read about the adventures of the knights and the search for the Holy Grail. The saddest part of the book is the love triangle between arthur, guinevvere and lancolot.
This is a wonderful book which is easy to read and there arn't enough words to describe it so i won't try, all i can say is read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CRACKING GOOD READ 17 Jun 2011
I bought this book for our Grandchildren and read it first to check it over.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and whole-heartedly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks 7 Aug 2007
This book is another example of Michael Morpurgo's great writing skills. It is a story within a story and is a brilliant read for anybody who likes adventure stories.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arthur High king Of Britain 7 Nov 2005
By A Customer
This long fantasy book is brilliant, it tells a story about a boy who lives near the sea. But one day he gets swept out.He wakes up to find himself in a castle near a fire, with a man staring over him.
The main charactors of this book are the boy who is the centre of the story. And Arthur who takes care of the boy and tells him stories.
The boy behaves like any eleven year old boy would: clueless of what is going on around him.Arthur is living in the past and therefore is not aware that the boy was from a different time and place.Arthur knows what has to be done but the boy doesn't.Arthur tries to tell the boy but the boy does not understand.I personly like the boy and the roll he plays and he adapts to the new time he is living in. I don't like the roll Arthur plays though because he keeps to many secrets from the boy.In the story Arthur tells his very own stories about himself.This story builds up a friendship between two people who have had different lives.They start to become friends when Arthur begins to ask the boy personal questions about his family and so on.This book makes me think about how hard it was to survive in those days.I enjoyed this book because it didn't stop being exciting, the book was well written and it thrilled me from start to finish.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is a collection of tales about King Arthur and the Kingdom of Loges.They are told through the eyes of King Arthur,called bach from the dead to save a young boy's life.They are brilliantly written and make you feel as if you are standing there with Arthur.Every emotion Arthur feels you feel also.After reading the tale of Arthur's sorrow for his queen and Lancelot I was crying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 12 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put it down. It a real page turner
It's soo good and I really love how nobody knows the boys name
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kissy kissy goo goo 28 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
(by Josiah aged 8)
It was a brilliant book and the story is good. I liked the characters of Merlin and Bercelet (the dog). I enjoyed the story of the knight with the golden armour. The only bad thing I have to say is; too much snogging!!! My mum says all the female characters were evil or traitors but she doesn't think that's Michael Morpurgo's fault as he is just retelling the story. (She also doesn't think I should use 3 exclamation marks!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Morpurgo
Teaching our younger generation about history, what can be more iimportant than that. Not enough of it taught in schools today especially in Australia
Published 11 days ago by Molly
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing
The storyline seems rather shallow to me. I don't feel inspired to give it to the grandchild I had in mind..
Published 1 month ago by E. F. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read but possibly too much about the love interest of Arthur and Guinevere and not enough derring do.
Published 1 month ago by Val
3.0 out of 5 stars Written for a more innocent time
I expect that I would have loved this book when I was ten but times and children's tastes move on; my grandson thinks that it is a little naive (my interpretation of his review).
Published 1 month ago by pb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good···I mean great
full of adventure great read for kids age 10 -13 and you felt as if you were part of the storie
Published 2 months ago by Louise Willis
1.0 out of 5 stars foul language unnecessary.
Why should my nine year old son read about "b***ards", Michael Morpurgo's own word. There is no need for such vile language from a "children's author".
Published 2 months ago by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars My son really enjoyed this book
This is a really good take on the story of Arthur, and my 10 year old son really loved it, and hasn't put it down yet.
Published 2 months ago by a p sibthorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good read for any one kept me busy traveling to work every day a must for any age buy it
Published 4 months ago by das
4.0 out of 5 stars Class read
A reading this to my Y6 class as part of our myths & legends topic. There are many versions of this legend, but I chose M Morpurgo to introduce my class to his work. Good so far.
Published 5 months ago by Tambo48
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book
this was an amazing and gripping story. It is definitely worth it.I would recommend it to any one.

Published 6 months ago by David.W
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