A leading historical novelist, Margaret George travelled around a lot when she was a child. Books became her friends and she began writing at an early age. After reading english and biology at Tufts University and gaining a masters in ecology from Stanford, George became a science writer. Her first book on Henry VIII was followed by titles on Mary, Queen of Scots and Cleopatra. Possibly one of her best-known books is Elizabeth I, which acclaimed writer Alison Weir called ‘one of the best historical novels I have read in ages‘.

See also: Alison Weir; Philippa Jones; Philippa Gregory; Garrett Mattingly