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Michael Morpurgo explains why he rebooted Gulliver's Travels

Posted On: 13 Sep 2019   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Michael Morpurgo explains why he rebooted Gulliver's Travels

On his first day in Downing Street, Boris Johnson set out his stall in typically rambunctious style.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves,” he blustered, “and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”
His allusions to Gulliver and misreading of Swift's anti-hero - a giant in some lands, a dwarf in others - seemed ironic to Michael Morpurgo. The acclaimed children's author's new book, Boy Giant is set in the same world as the 18 th century satirical classic but updated to address the societal ills of the 21 st century.
Boy Giant has a succinct premise. Omar is a young refugee from Afghanistan hoping to come to the UK. His mother pays traffickers to take him across the sea, heading for Britain but the boat and all its passengers are lost except for Omar who washes up on a beach. But it's not Britain - or any other country - but fictional Lilliput.
The land of tiny people has changed since Gulliver's day. The legacy of the gentle giant...

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