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Sam McBratney

Sam McBratney was born in Northern Ireland in 1943. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin (where he met his future wife Maralyn) with a degree in History and Political Science, Sam taught in primary, secondary and higher education settings for twenty years before taking early retirement to focus on his writing. 

Over the years, Sam wrote more than 100 books and scripts, the most famous of which is Guess How Much I Love You, illustrated by Anita Jeram and first published in 1994. Within four months of publication, Guess How Much I Love You sold 150,000 copies, going on to become and remain an international sensation and a perennial classic, beloved by children and adults alike all around the world. 

In 2004, Sam and Anita produced another book together, You’re All My Favourites, and in 2007 the four-part follow-up to Guess was published: Guess How Much I Love you in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Talking about the 2020 follow-up to Guess How Much I Love You, Will You Be My Friend?, Sam said: "When writing about the hares, I aim to describe moments of emotional significance but with loads of humour and the lightest of touches. This story is about one of those moments, and I’ve been working on it for a few years now. Little Nutbrown Hare’s world suddenly glows with the discovery of friendship."

Sadly, Sam passed away aged 77, just 11 days before Will You Be My Friend? was published.

New from Sam McBratney

Will You Be My Friend? - Sam McBratney

One day Big Nutbrown Hare is busy, but Little Nutbrown Hare wants to play so he goes off exploring on his own. He discovers another hare in a puddle - then realises it's his reflection. He spots his shadow and wants to race it - only to find it's just as fast as him. Then up on Cloudy Mountain he finally finds someone to play with: a little snow white hare called Tipps. And she's real!

This lovely new story is a wonderful companion to the classic picture-book Guess How Much I Love You; a charming tale about friendship with a delightful and original twist.



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