Jill Paton Walsh was born in 1937. She was educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. Amongst her awards were the Book World Festival Award (1970); the Whitbread Prize (1974), the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1976); The Universe Prize (1984); the Smartest Grand Prix (1984); and the Phoenix Prize (1998). She held numerous posts connected to literature, including an Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship, being a Whitbread Prize judge, and serving on the committee of the Society of Authors. In 1994 her novel Knowledge of Angels was short-listed for the Booker Prize. She also wrote detective fiction. In 1996 she received the CBE for Services to Literature, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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