Jill Paton Walsh was born in April 1937 in London. She won the Book World Festival Award in 1970, for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize in 1974 for The Emperor’s Winding Sheet (a children’s novel); The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1976 for Unleaving; The Universe Prize in 1984 for A Parcel of Patterns; and the Smarties Grand Prix, 1984, for Gaffer Samson’s Luck. She held an Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship in 1976-8 and was a Whitbread Prize judge in 1984. From 1987 to 1989 she was Chairman of the Cambridge Book Association. More recently she has written for adults and her Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. 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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