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.

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