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Egmont Publishing is excited to announce an extraordinary new publishing partnership from celebrated talents Michael Morpurgo and Barroux.

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.’

Egmont Publishing is delighted to reveal the beautiful cover for this extraordinary book, which will publish in hardback on Thursday 03 May 2018.

In The Mouth of the Wolf cover - Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo Author image is one of the most successful children’s authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. He has written more than forty books for children, including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

He has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the ‘poverty of experience’ many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. He received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

Born in Paris, Barroux spent much of his childhood in North Africa. He later attended art school in France. His books include Uncle John and the Giant Cherry Tree, which won the 2005 Enfantaisie Award, and Line of Fire: Diary of An Unknown Soldier, which received widespread critical acclaim.

In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which was given to every baby in the north of France. His stunning book Where’s the Elephant? was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016.

Ali Dougal, Publishing Director at Egmont Publishing, said ‘Michael Morpurgo writes about war like no other, and here he explores the true story of his own uncles in a war that brought people together and tore them apart. In the Mouth of the Wolf unites this master storyteller with acclaimed artist Barroux in a partnership of dreams that will enthral generations of readers.’

In the Mouth of the Wolf will be published in hardback on 03 May 2018 at £12.99.

Press enquiries should be directed to publicist Siobhan McDermott on 020 3220 0400 or at pressoffice@euk.egmont.com.