JILL PATON WALSH

Jill Paton Walsh was born in London in 1937. From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at a girls' school. In 1961 she married Anthony Paton Walsh; (now separated); they have one son, and two daughters. Jill Paton Walsh has won the Book World Festival Award, 1970, for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize, 1974 (for a Children's novel) for The Emperor's Winding Sheet; The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award 1976 for Unleaving; The Universe Prize, 1984 for A Parcel of Patterns; and the Smarties Grand Prix, 1984, for Gaffer Samson's Luck. More recently she has written for adults; in 1994 her novel Knowledge of Angels was short-listed for the Booker Prize. After living for many years in Richmond, Surrey, she is now settled in Cambridge, where in partnership with John Rowe Townsend she runs a small specialist imprint 'Green Bay Publications.' 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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