Michael Ende (1929-1995) was post-war Germany's most successful writer of children's books. His father was a surrealist painter banned by the Nazi regime. Michael worked as an actor, film reviewer and political sketch writer and his first children's book was published in 1960. He was criticised for filling children's heads with escapist, fantasy stories instead of confronting them with the social realism that was believed in at the time. The attacks hurt him and he moved to Rome to live in 1971.
He wrote 30 books, not all were translated into English. His most successful titles in the UK are Momo and The Neverending Story, both of which were made into successful films.
Michael Ende books reviewed
The Neverending Story
Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of ench...
- Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (1963)
- Momo (1973)
- The Neverending Story (1976)
- The Dream-Eater (1978)
- Mirror in the Mirror (1986)
- The Night of Wishes (1992)