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Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison


Michael Harrison was born and educated in Oxford and later went to Durham University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He then taught at a farm school in North Queensland, Australia as a member of the Bush Brotherhood. He milked the herd of cows daily and travelled the bush taking services and funerals. Michael returned to Oxford to get a teaching qualification (A.C.E. with distinction) at the University, and has since taught in Hartlepool, London, and Oxford. He took early retirement in his 50s to concentrate on writing but has taught 19 previous Oxford Experience courses and teaches a weekly literature class in the winter.

He has written for his own pleasure for as long as he can remember but now finds, to his surprise, that people will pay him for it.

Michael lives in Oxford and is besotted by his grandchildren.




It’s My Life *
Facing the Dark *
At the Deep End *
Carried Away
The Doom of the Gods
The Curse of the Ring
Don Quixote §
The Oxford Treasury of World Stories
Bags of Trouble
Trouble Abroad
Trouble in Store * ∞
* = translated into German
∞ = into Italian
§ = into Hungarian & Portuguese


Scolding Tongues: the Persecution of ‘Witches’


Junk Mail
Best Before

Poetry Anthologies

Splinters, a book of very short poems
The Candy-Floss Tree
The Crystal Zoo
Catch the Light
Upright Downfall
Bright Lights Blaze Out

Anthologies edited with Christopher Stuart-Clark

A Bright Star Shining
A Year Full of Poems
Narrative Poems Noah’s Ark
One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children
Peace and War
Poems 1 (with teacher’s book and cassette)
Poems 2 (with teacher’s book and cassette) 
The New Dragon Book of Verse
The New Oxford Treasury of Children’s Poems
The Oxford Book of Animal Poems
The Oxford Book of Children’s Poetry
The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems The Oxford Book of Story Poems
The Oxford Treasury of Children’s Poems
The Oxford Treasury of Children’s Stories The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
The Oxford Treasury of Time Poems
The Young Dragon Book of Verse
The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
Writing Poems
Writing Poems Plus


A Book of Hares
A Book of Months
A Choice of Churches
Anne to Zoe: A Book of Girls’ Names
Beatrice d’Este
Sidmouth and Stephen Reynolds
Spanning the Thames
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Writers and Artists on the Dorset Coast

See also:

A Crash Course In Life at Oxford





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