Born in Oxford in 1944, William Horwood was raised on the East Kent coast, mostly in Deal. At 14, inspired by reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, he decided to become a writer and never wavered from that goal. Before becoming a writer he held a number of jobs including fund-raising for charity; teaching; selling recruitment advertising; writing for trade magazines and finally working for the London Daily Mail as editor of Money Mail and then Femail. He resigned from the paper in 1978 to write his first novel. Duncton Wood was an instant bestseller. Twenty more novels have followed including five Dunctons, four critically acclaimed sequels to The Wind in the Willows, as well as Skallagrigg and his memoir, The Boy With No Shoes.
Other than writing and spending time with his close-knit family, his passions are hill-walking, art history, film and travel.