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Did you know Wakefield and its surrounding area has been home to some of the greatest writers of all time? From Bridget Jones to Princess Diana's biographer, these are some of our District's greatest authors!

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Karen Wright

Karen Wright was born in Featherstone and attended school in Pontefract. She loves to cook and in 2018 was a contestant on the Great British Bake Off.Since then, she’s written interesting cookery book called Meals on the Move: A Campsite Cooking Journey.

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Helen Fielding

Former broadcaster/journalist turned author Helen Fielding is best known for writing the iconic Bridget Jones novels. From Morley, Fielding attended Wakefield Girl’s High School. A lady who used to work with Wakefield Libraries was in her year group, according to her Fielding was charming, friendly and good humoured.

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Val Wood

Val Wood has written dozens of family saga novels. As well as being popular in libraries, Wood is a massive supporter of libraries. In 2012 she organised a ‘Val Trail’ to promote library usage in Hull and the East Riding. Wood was born in Castleford and lived there until she turned 13, moving to Hull.

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Sarah Connell

Sarah Connell lives in Wakefield and from a young age loved visiting the library. Before retiring she worked in further education. Her novels, Where Are You Now, Random Three and Wherever are about troubled people and the setting of all three is based on Wakefield!

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David Peace

David Peace has written novels about mental health during extreme circumstances, including GB84, Red or Dead and the Red-Riding Quartet, many of which have been set in the north of England. Peace was born in Dewsbury, grew up in Ossett and attended Wakefield College.

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Ian Clayton

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Ian Clayton is a freelance author from Featherstone. He has written and edited books about a wide range of subjects including When Push comes To Shove about the history of Rugby and Our Billie about the tragic death of his daughter. He also read at the official opening of Normanton Library.

George Gissing

George Gissing was a late-Victorian novelists, writing such novels as The Nether World and The Odd Women. Though his books were not at first best sellers, they became popular by the turn of the century. George Orwell called him ‘the best novelist England has produced’. Gissing was born and raised in Wakefield, the son of a chemist. His childhood home on Thompson’s Yard in the city is maintained by the Gissing Trust.

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Mabel Ferrett

Mabel Ferrett was born in Ossett in 1917. After attending Ossett Grammer School she became a teacher. In her spare time she helped establish the ‘Pennine Poets’ and ‘Fighting Cock’ writing groups, working hard to get work by northern writers published.

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Rachel Dove

Rachel Dove has writes rom-com novels for Mills & Boon and other publishers. She won the Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition for The Chic Boutique on Baker Street in 2015. Dove is a resident of Stanley and as well as visiting the library as a customer has done book signings there in the past.

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P.J. Brooke

Jane Brooke was born in Normanton and attended Pontefract and District Girls High School. She married Philip O’Brien and together have written crime novels under the pen name ‘P.J. Brooke’.

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Stan Barstow

Stan Barstow wrote dozens of novels over the decades, the best known of which was A Kind of Loving. He was born in Horbury and attended Ossett Grammar School. His father was a miner and Barstow worked as a draughtsman before he found fame as an author. Horbury has a memorial garden dedicated to him.

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Helen Black

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Helen Black was born in Pontefract, her dad was a miner and her mum worked in shops around the town. She is best known for writing the Lilly Valentine and Liberty Chapman crime novels. She has also written an episode of BBC’s Death in Paradise!

Andrew Morton

Andrew Morton is a journalist who has written best-selling biographies.His well-known subjects include Tom Cruise, Monica Lewinsky, Madonna and most famously Princess Diana. Morton was born in Dewsbury.

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