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Goodnight Mister Tom [Paperback]

Michelle Magorian
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12 Sep 2003

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

Mum said war was a punishment from God for people's sins, so he'd better watch out. She didn't tell him what to watch out for, though.

When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London . . .

Will he ever see Mister Tom again?

'Everyone's idea of a smash-hit first novel: full-blown characters to love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions' Guardian

Michelle Magorian was born in Portsmouth and on leaving school studied at the Rose Bruford College of speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Over the years she became interested in children's books and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, an International Reading Association Award and was also made into a much-loved film, starring the late John Thaw.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st Puffin Edition edition (12 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140315411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140315417
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian Surname! Michelle Spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years (aged 7-9) in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth.

She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968to 1969. It was while there that she started writing regulary.

From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England.

Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom grew out of two short stories. She wrote the book in between acting jobs and on Sunday when she was working in the theatre. Goodnight Mister Tom was first published in the UK in 1981 it has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for full list of awards please see Bibliography). The book has sold in excess of 1.2 MILLION copies in the UK alone and has been published in Denmark, USA, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany. The 1998 BAFTA award-winning TV film of the book starring John Thaw attracted 14 MILLION viewers.

Just Henry is Michelle's first novel in over 10 years. In this gripping mystery-thriller, the story of a boy struggling to understand his identity, is beautifully woven with a vivid picture of the social prejudices, culture and atmosphere of late 1940s Britain.
Since publishing in May 2008 it has won the Children's Book category for the Costa Book Award, shortlisted for the Lancashire Children's book award, shortlisted for the Essex Children's Book award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

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The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.

Goodnight Mister Tom is one of the most touching and powerful stories ever written. As the relationship between Willie and Tom begins to transform them both, Magorian's powerful yet gentle writing tugs at the heart, taking the reader on an incredibly emotional journey that never once stoops to unnecessary sentimentality. --Susan Harrison


'A marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions' - The Guardian --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom - a book for life?! 30 Dec 2002
Format:Library Binding
I HAD to write a review on here.
I first read this book when I was about 10 and, 20 years later, still have the tatty copy which was once so shiny and new.
In all my years, in all the books I have read, I have never read a childrens book as powerful as this. Magorian draws from the reader a depth of emotions from joy through to utter despair as she takes you on the journey of two people saving each other from their hellish loneliness.
If you saw the film and are looking at this review thinking "maybe, I'll get it", stop thinking and go for it!
If you hated the film... well... what can I say? I hated it too which broke my heart as I was expecting a film as strong as the book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom review 8 Jan 2007
As a twelve year old I can highly recommend this book to another reader my age. The author really makes you feel for the characters. It is an emotional story that has you gripping to every page. It is suitable for both boys and girls. The story is about the relationships in William Beech's life. How it develops with Mr Tom and how it is created between his new friends in the country. But when he receives a letter from his mother, William's new fantasy world created by Mr Tom was all about to change. A classic story with a twist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for use in school 18 Jan 2000
By A Customer
As a teacher of 9 - 11 year olds I highly recommend that you read this text. I use it when we are studying Britain since the 1930's. The book is far better than the film, although I loved the film!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mister Tom! 16 Mar 2012
By Hatch
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After seeing the film many times it became one of my favourites, so I bought the book. I am not a reader, but read this in 6 days. It is absolutely brilliant and SO much better than the film. I know they have to condense a film when taken from a book but couldn't beleive how MUCH they changed the storylines when making it! The book had me completely hooked and I would definately advise fans of the film to read it. I didn't want to say 'Goodnight Mister Tom', I wanted it to keep going until William had grown up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Heartwrenching 6 Mar 2012
By Clint
I defy anyone to not be moved by this beautiful story. I first read this in year 5 and it was read out bit by bit in class and i just couldnt wait to get to the end and immediately bought my own copy. That was longer ago then i care to admit and ive read it again and again and still find myself on the verge of tears every time.
From the unforgettable characters to the wonderfully English setting and not forgetting Sam the dog this story takes you from desperately sad to dizzying heights of happiness and back again before the unforgettable ending that will stay with you long after you've closed the book.
Can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mister Tom kept me awake! 31 Aug 2009
I purchased this book for my 15 year old Daughter as part of her course work for History O level (lowers here in Scotland). I had never read this before and she finished the book within 2 days, I picked up it up one Sunday and to my astonishment read it from cover to cover through the Sunday night unable to put it down. An excellent book so different to what I have been reading in recent years, a charming story that pulled the hearstrings and allowed me the luxury of being two characters at the same time, To anyone who has not read this yet, you must!
the writing is only mildly aged in a different era, but the gritty realism of the circumstances and sub plots are more than enough to keep you moving toward the end, when finished I was left wondering what next as there are more stories to imagine. An excellent little tome and well worth keeping as reminder of a very troubled times, I am ensuring my teenagers read this, it may make them see their current circumstances in a new light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was moving 8 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This book was set in the time of the war. It has a moving story line and well worth reading for children 9-14
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It made me feel happy and sad and I really felt as if I could understand the characters feelings. There was a lot of expression and description in this book which led the reader furthur into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would tell everyone to read and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great as a resource
i use it as a resource with children who have intellectual disabilities to back up the book that they are reading in school as sometimes an audio aid helps
Published 22 days ago by Mairead Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
A book every child should read especially if learning about WW2 in school. My 10 year old grand daughter can't wait for the next chapter as we read it together.
Published 24 days ago by Norma
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it loads
very good book. It arrived in great condition, I would definitely recommend buying this book. very good value for money.
Published 25 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The book that I read is brilliant I recommend it to you if you have children or if your a teacher!!!
Published 1 month ago by Roxanne O'Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Very good book. Was bought for course work but would recommend it to any one for a good read. Enjoyed it very much
Published 1 month ago by claired
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
I really enjoyed reading this book, I watched the film with John Thaw and really enjoyed it, so i decided to down load the book, the book is even better than the film, had me tears... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very enjoyable!
I read this book myself and really enjoyed it. You really get engrossed into it. I got mixed emotions funny, sad, scary and even felt for Willie! I have read the book 3 times now! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frary Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
this is an amazing book. we read it in class and I couldn't stop myself from reading it. many ups and downs, a rollercoaster of emotions flooding from its pages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by indiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Goodnight Mr Tom was an amazing book based on ww2 and makes you feel as if u r back in the Time of that tragedy . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars The most wonderful book for a child to read
This is the best book I have read with my son. It is full of creative writing and at times I cried. Perfect for important book review at school as so much to say. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. L. Matthews
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