Burlington Bear, the dapper little resident of Number One Piccadilly officially launched his four book series in 2012. Along with his friends Marmaduke, Mooey and Darling – a portly Scottie Dog, a very chic Friesian Cow, and a glamorous but shy Ostrich – Burlington comes to life through the pen of Madeleine Hall. Hand illustrated by the author, and with a delightfully arch sense of humour the series charts the somewhat haphazard – and even a little bumbling – exploits of the quintessential British bear from Mayfair to the City to the Scottish Highlands and back to meet The Queen. Suitable from ages four to adulthood, the books are written to pique the curiosity of the explorative young reader and open up a highly individual world of words.
Madeleine started her career at Buckingham Palace working for the Equerry to The Queen where she worked for a number of years before moving to the auction house, Sotheby’s in Bond Street. She worked for the Head of Old Master Paintings for eight years where she swapped military engagements for the artistry of Canaletto to Raphael! Burlington Bear was created on a family holiday after forgetting to bring a book to read so she decided to write her very own children’s book about her most loved teddy bear, Burlington and his friends. The Queen and Sotheby’s have definitely been a source of inspiration whilst writing Burlington Bear as has her favourite city, London. Two children later her inspiration are now her daughters, “day in day out they are constantly discovering the world around them making me look at everything with fresh eyes, they have made Burlington come to life once again and are desperate for Burlington to go on new and exciting adventures with them” she says.
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