Published: August 2012
Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful and his elder brother Charlie do everything together. They used to go to school together, face their problems together, sleep and eat together; they even loved the same girl… but now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all?
“Tommo’s journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told… Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively.” Independent
“Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive…” Sunday Times
Private Peaceful is released in UK cinemas 12 October 2012.
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Private Peaceful is a story beloved by many and written by celebrated author, Michael Morpurgo OBE.
Private Peaceful is the classic rites of passage story of two brothers and the exuberance and pain of their teenage love for the same girl, the pressures of their feudal family life, the horrors and folly of war and the ultimate price of courage and cowardice. PRIVATE PEACEFUL is set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, giving us a heart-breaking glimpse of the way we once lived - and still die.
PRIVATE PEACEFUL is directed by established director Pat O’Connor whose body of work includes Cal, Circle of Friends and Inventing the Abbotts. With starring roles from exciting young talent, Jack O’Connell (Skins, Harry Brown), George MacKay (The Boys are Back, Defiance) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Anna Karenina), Private Peaceful also features a host of British talent including Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, Hugo, Pirates of the Caribbean), Maxine Peake (Shameless, See No Evil, Criminal Justice), Frances de la Tour (Rising Damp, Harry Potter, Hugo) and John Lynch (Sliding Doors, Cal).
Wednesday, 12th February 2014
Michael Morpurgo will launch Private Peaceful Day on March 31 with a live Q&A via satellite following special screenings of the film for schools. In a major screening event for schools, 100 cinemas including Picturehouse & Cineworld, will show the film across the UK as part of the Centenary commemorations of WW1. Students will then be able to watch Michael answer questions live about Private Peaceful after the screening. Schools attending the screenings will be invited to send in their questions, with the best being asked during the Q&A.
Tuesday, 1st October 2013
November 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. We’re inviting book lovers, schools, libraries and bookshops nationwide to take part and celebrate 30 unmissable books by one of our greatest writers for children.
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Well I never used to read at all and then my mum bought me this book for me to read on my holiday three years ago. I didn’t want to read because I never had, but I read this and I haven’t stopped reading Michael Morpurgo’s book since. This is the best book you will ever read. Have a tissue nearby.
When I read a book it means something to me and I remember it forever. When I finished this book there was a feeling of guilt in me and a feeling of sadness. It is beyond doubt one of my favorite books by Michael Morpurgo that I’ve read.
In five words describing it: Emotional, Breathtaking, Amazing, Page Turner, Beautiful book!
Truly a book I’ll treasure forever…....
Private Peaceful is one of my most faviroute books and I think the way Michael Morpurgo has put all of the mixed emotions into it is incredible and I really enjoyed reading it. there was also alot of description and information on the war which was very educating.I think maybe there could be a sequal to Private Peaceful but we never know!
Princess Morpurgo says:
In my English class were reading private peaceful. We’re at the part were there setting sail for France to go and join the war. Plus I’m exited about the new movie coming out.
I remember at the end of the year of my school they gave out some books to remember the school by and I got last pick so it was out of private peaceful and unicorn world so I ended up with private peaceful. after I read it I thought WOW! now morpurgo is my fav author and private peaceful my fav book.
We had to read this book in school and we are now writing reviews on the book. I would like to watch the movie of Private Peaceful. Very good book. Would like to find out what happens after the book ended. Superb ending to the book though. Well done Mr Morpurgo.
Courtney xoxo says:
This book is absolutely amazing ! I love to read Michael Morpurgo’s books and this is without a doubt one of the best ! We’ve just finished reading ‘Private Peaceful’ at school and I don’t think anything could better it. Michael’s been my inspiration for most of my writing, and without his books I wouldn’t be able to reach the level i’m at today. I’m hopefully going to be doing my English GCSE next year (year 9) Thank you soooooo much !!!!!!!
Rachel Miles says:
Private Peaceful was the best book I’ve ever read. It totally changed my life. Every time i even think about the book my eyes water and i can feel a soft spot in my heart. This issue never occurred to me really, but now i have a good understanding and i feel so sorry for the families of those who were shot for ‘cowardice’. When most of those cowards were heroes.
Private Peaceful is a wonderful read for any age. This story takes place during World War I and is told by Thomas Peaceful. We are treated to this story through a series of Thomas’ memories of growing up with his older brother Charlie, Molly,Big joe and his mother.
The story is one that will tug at your heart as we watch characters go through the hardest ordeals in life. When Charlie and Thomas are enlisted to World War I, Thomas recalls terrible events of his brother and the injustice that happened.
It also takes us on a roller coaster of emotion as we grow into the lives of these lovable characters as we hoped to have changed their fate, when we see some amazing emotion throughout the book, due to the well developed and realistic characters found throughout. The book contains twists to keep the reader entertained. It also shows Thomas and the emotion that he has towards everyone around him. It really is a warm look into the lives of these characters.
Michael Morpurgo does an amazing job at allowing the reader to connect to these characters that are ever evolving throughout the story as time passes.
Oliver Hillman says:
This was the third book of yours I’ve read. This showed great signs of loss and determination. But most of all it shows love for every character in the book. An amazing story! Can’t wait to read the fourth book!
Wow! I have nearly all Michael Morpurgo’s books but this is my definite favourite. I laughed, cried and when i had finished, felt lost without out it, as I had been so wrapped up in a world of war. This is the best book you will ever read, ever. Get ready for puffy red eyes at the end.
Wow totally amazed by this
It was great I loved this book. I’ve watched the film as well. I love how it reflects back on Tommo’s memories! It was amazing! I would totally recommend this book to someone else!
Private Peacful fan says:
This is one of the most saddest books I’ve ever read. it’s heartbreaking but at the same time fabulous i love Michael morpurgos’ books
This book was really good, I couldn’t put it down! I would love to read it again. It is my favourite book that you have wrote, though I like War Horse too.
I think Private Peaceful is an amazing book so far! I am reading it with my form at school and haven’t read much, but I just want to read on as it makes you really interested from the start. I wouldn’t usually read a book like this but its a really good read!
private peaceful is a very good book i would recommend this book to other people because it is very inspirational if you are learning about the world war
Michael Morpurgo I have just finished reading Private Peaceful book at my school at Malaga and I think you could write the second part of this awesome book and maybe you could do it about the second world war with little Tommo and do a fantastic book as you have done know.I love the part where tommo says he was sorry.
I like Private Peaceful because it is interesting and when I start reading it I want to just carry on. When I got to the end I was sad because there were no more pages to read.And I just kept thinking that I wanted to read an other one of your books .
I like the way you did the chapters with each one there was a time as the title so I got the feeling that it was building up to something big and interesting.
I think the relationship of the two main character is interesting because they are close and are very protective over each other when they went to war and they were given strict orders.
I recommend this book to people who wont to know what it was like during the war.
Isabella Warman says: