Angus Wilson was born in August 1913 in Bexhill. He was educated at Westminster School and Merton College, Oxford. In 1937 he became a librarian in the British Museum’s Department of Printed Books before working at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. After the war, he returned to the museum and he published his first novel, The Wrong Set, in 1949 followed shortly after by Hemlock and After.
In 1955, Wilson resigned from the museum and began writing full-time, including as a reviewer. Just two years later, Wilson was giving lectures in Japan, Switzerland, Australia and the USA. The following year, he was awarded The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1968 and received a knighthood in 1980.
He died in May 1991.