MICHAEL MORPURGO'S FAVOURITE PHOTO FROM SCILLY
Michael Morpurgo has revealed that his favourite photograph is one of him and his wife Clare in the Isles of Scilly.
The picture was taken on a boat trip at the end of what he described as "one of those blissful days".
He told the Daily Express: "This photograph of my wife Clare and I was taken in the early 1980s on a boat on the Isles of Scilly. The people we rented a house from took us out to the smaller islands like St Helen’s and the Eastern Isles and on the way back we’d have a glass of wine.
"When the sea is calm and the sun is shining, being out on a boat really is heaven on Earth. You can see it on our faces: it was the end of one of those blissful days."
He explained that Clare first visited the islands at 18 months old and often returned as a child. "So when we had children, she thought, wouldn’t it be marvellous for us all to experience his dream place?
"That was the beginning of a wonderful habit, and I’ve set many of my books there."
Michael, 72, last visited Scilly in May. His islands-based books include Why the Whales Came, The Sleeping Sword and Listen to the Moon.