He is a joy and an inspiration to children around the world. But the first Paddington Bear novel for almost 30 years is inspired by bittersweet memories of wartime child evacuees, the author Michael Bond revealed yesterday.
He will feature in Paddington Here and Now, to be published next June to coincide with the ursine Peruvian's 50th anniversary.
It will see the unassuming family mascot hauled into a police station to face questions over his right to remain in England.
"When I wrote the new book I remembered very clearly... the time when children in the Second World War were evacuated out of London," Mr Bond told The Independent on Sunday.
"They all had labels around their necks with their address on... Paddington himself was a refugee. So thinking about the current interest in immigration and the fact so many refugees are arriving in the country, the subject came to the fore."Reuse content