, is a philanthropist. She is the wife of British author Michael Morpurgo and the eldest daughter of Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books.
Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, Exeter University, and a qualified Montessori teacher. She is a mother of three.
In 1976 with her husband Michael, and with money left to her by her father, they began the educational charity Farms for City Children with the intention of enriching the lives of disadvantaged urban children with an intense and rewarding experience of the countryside. Forty years later there are now three farms, welcoming over a thousand children a year, from towns and cities all over the UK.
In 1999 Clare and Michael were awarded MBEs for services to youth.
Interviews with Clare Morpurgo
Penguin paperbacks were a publishing revolution: lightweight, affordable editions that brought high-quality fiction and non-fiction to all. Clare Morpurgo, daughter of the Penguin Books founder Allen Lane, discusses the five Penguins that she loved most as a young reader—and why it’s down to her that her father never published The Hobbit.