Andrew Norman Wilson was born in Staffordshire in 1950 and is best known as a biographer, novelist, journalist and essayist.
Wilson was educated at Rugby School and later attended New College, Oxford (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1976). Initially drawn to the teaching profession and priesthood, Wilson settled upon a life of writing, and published his first novel, The Sweets of Pimlico in 1977. He has since published over 40 works of fiction and non-fiction, including Winnie and Wolf, longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize and The Potter’s Hand, longlisted for the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
He is a regular voice on BBC radio, and an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail, Telegraph, London Evening Standard, Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer. He has also presented documentaries for the BBC, most recently Return to Larkinland, about the poet Philip Larkin. A selection of Wilson’s journalism can be found in his collection Pen Friends from Porlock (1989)
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism.