In the Mouth of the Wolf by Michael Morpurgo

In the Mouth of the Wolf  by Michael Morpurgo  (Author), Barroux (Illustrator)

Hardcover:           160 pages

Age Range:           9 – 12 years

Publisher:              Egmont

A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything.


Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful storytelling and Barroux’s stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael’s uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two.


In the Mouth of the Wolf is the epic, true story of Michael Morpurgo’s uncles during World War Two. The book will feature 100 pieces of artwork from Barroux, including illustrations inspired by Morpurgo’s family photographs. It is an incredible true story of courage and love during World War II.


In the Mouth of the Wolf will follow two brothers; one an actor and airman and one a secret agent and teacher. As the shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, brothers Francis and Pieter argue. Francis is a pacifist and conscientious objector, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis’s life forever, and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.


Of the book, Michael Morpurgo said ‘My Uncle Francis was a remarkable man, who led an extraordinary life. He grew up in the 1930s, a pacifist, a conscientious objector, and went to war because his younger brother Pieter, an actor, had been killed in the RAF, aged 21. He felt he could no longer stay out of it. He died aged 90 in 2006, honoured in this country and in France, where he lived during his final years, and where he had fought with great distinction alongside the French resistance.’


‘The story of these two uncles affected my life profoundly. I felt the time had come to tell their story. It is, in a way, the most personal book I have ever written. This book may read like fiction. But it is not. That is because it does not need to be.’