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Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever

Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman, the National Railway Museum, York


An inspiring tale from Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman celebrating the world’s most iconic train, Flying Scotsman, and its greatest fan, a young girl named Iris

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Iris knows everything there is to know about Flying Scotsman. Her dad is the famous train’s driver, and every year her favourite birthday treat is a trip to see him at work. But each time Flying Scotsman pulls away, Iris wishes more than anything that she could be in the driver’s cab, just like her dad. Then again, who’s to stop her…

Published in association with the National Railway Museum, York, Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever takes readers on a journey through the golden age of steam travel, paying tribute to the women who kept the railways running during the Second World War. With family at its heart, the story is warmly written and joyously illustrated by national treasures Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.

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'Michael Morpurgo, aided by Michael Foreman’s luminous watercolour work, sings an eloquent hymn to the golden age of steam'
Financial Times

'A spunky heroine and a mighty train combine forces to challenge notions of gender roles and will encourage all readers to hold fast to their dreams. Charming'
School Library Journal

Daily Express

'A glorious journey through the history of Britain’s railways, wrapped up in a tale of family, adventure and aspiration'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 21.4 x 28.8 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Illustrations: 1

Publication date: 3 August 2023

ISBN: 9780500660218

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He has written more than 150 books, including the internationally celebrated War Horse, and was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003. Morpurgo was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a knighthood in 2018 for services to literature and charity. Michael Foreman is an internationally renowned, multi-award-winning children’s book illustrator and author. He has twice won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for British children’s book illustration and in 2022 was awarded an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's Jubilee Honours.