Michael de Larrabeiti

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Michael de Larrabeiti, author, born in Lambeth, London in 1934, currently lives in Oxfordshire.

One of five children, he was educated at Clapham Central Secondary School. His mother lived most of her life in the Lavender Hill area; his father was a disappearing Basque from Bilbao.

After leaving school at sixteen, he worked as many things, but mainly on camera in documentary films and as a travel guide in France and Morocco. In 1959 he fell in with a group of Provençal shepherds and went with them on the transhumance, herding three thousand sheep from their winter pasture to summer pasture in the French Alps. He then taught English in Casablanca, and in 1961 was the photgrapher on Oxford University's Marco Polo Expedition, travelling four months overland on a motorcycle to Afghanistan and India. He later read French and English at Trinity College Dublin, won a scholarship to the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and began a DPhil at Oxford which he later abandoned to take up full-time writing.

He is best known as the author of the Borrible trilogy. He has also been a regular contributor to the Sunday Times travel section.

The Borrible Trilogy

  • The Borribles (1976)
  • The Borribles Go for Broke (1981)
  • The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis (1986)

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