Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Listen to Michael Morpurgo's moving World War 1 story Private Peaceful, abridged in 13 episodes and read by Paul Chequer.

Thomas - 'Tommo' - Peaceful recalls his young life to date: growing up on the country estate owned by the Colonel; family life with his spirited mother and older brothers Charlie and Big Joe; love for Molly; enlisting in the army at the outbreak of war. Then military training, fighting alongside Charlie in the trenches of the Western Front and the events that will bring his narrative to its final painful conclusion.

Private Peaceful – Episode 1
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 2
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 3
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 4
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 5
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 6
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 7
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 8
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 9
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 10
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 11
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 12
audio
Private Peaceful – Episode 13
audio
Download Teacher's Notes (pdf)
document

 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943. He went to school in London, Sussex and Kent and later to the University of London where he studied English and French. He became a primary school teacher and it was during his time as a teacher that he realised he wanted to be a writer. Michael has described how his class were bored with a story he was sharing with them and how he decided to create something more exciting for them instead.

Michael has gone on to become one of the country’s best-loved authors of children’s literature. He was Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005 and became an OBE in 2006. He has written over 100 books and has won numerous awards, including ‘The Blue Peter Award’ for Private Peaceful.

He has said: ‘For me, the greater part of writing is day-dreaming, 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 was born during World War 2 and often writes of the divisions, conflicts and injustices of warfare. His own family was deeply affected by war through the loss of his uncle and the break up of his parents. The theme of war is explored in Michael’s books Private Peaceful, War Horse and Adolphus Tips.