for services to literature 2012, was educated at state schools and Somerville College, Oxford where she completed two degrees in English. Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been a member of the Society of Authors’ Committee of Management and the government Public Lending Right committee, and was from 2004-2008 the first female Chair of Council of the Royal Society of Literature. She is now one of its Vice Presidents. She is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her first published novel was Dying, in Other Words (1981). In 1982 she was selected as one of the original 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ and became Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Her other eleven novels include The White Family (2002), shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2006 she published a collection of short stories, The Blue, and the novel My Cleaner (2005), and My Driver (2009). In 2011 she published her memoir, My Animal Life, and in 2014 the novel Virginia Woolf in Manhattan. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages.
Maggie Gee OBE