Famous writers who lived in Buckinghamshire, including the great Terry Pratchett

Buckinghamshire is home to beautiful countryside, natural features and a number of talented people.

In honor of World Book Day (March 3), which is celebrated every year, BuckinghamshireLive has taken a look at some of the notable writers who were born, raised or have resided in the county.

It includes those who were born in the county and later moved on, and those influenced by a village in Buckinghamshire.

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Many writers you may not have known grew up in the county, including the author of Fifty Shades and the editor of the acclaimed Doctor Who series.

EL James

Erika Mitchell, better known by her pen name, EL James, is a British author who actually grew up in Buckinghamshire.

Known for her best-selling erotic novel trilogy of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shade Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, many are likely unaware of her upbringing in the county.

She was educated at the independent school for girls in Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, at Pipers Corner School.

Mitchell also went to Wycombe High School, a public high school also for girls in the town of High Wycombe.

Not only did she attend schools in Buckinghamshire, after college she became an assistant studio manager at the National School of Film and Television in Beaconsfield.

Roald Dahl



British children’s author Roald Dahl (1916 – 1995)

Everyone has heard of Roald Dahl because he is considered one of the best children’s writers of all time.

What you might not know is that he actually spent most of his years writing these books in the village of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where he lived.

His classics include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Having lived in the county for 36 years before his death, it’s no surprise that the area influenced many ideas in his books.

There is now a museum in Great Missenden named The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center to remember him.

Susan Cooper

Susan Mary Cooper is an English author who writes children’s books. She is best known for The Dark is Rising, a contemporary fantasy series.

She was born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, where she lived until she was 21. His father also pursued a career in the offices of the Great Western Railway.

The 86-year-old started her writing career after studying English at Oxford University working as a journalist for The Sunday Times under Ian Fleming.

In 2012, she won the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Award for her series The Dark is Rising.

Terry Pratchet



Terry Pratchett as Terry Pratchett signs his new book "Klonk!" in Berlin - September 12, 2006 in Berlin, Germany
Terry Pratchett as Terry Prachett signs his new book “Klonk!” in Berlin – September 12, 2006 in Berlin, Germany

Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE was an English humorist, satirist and author of fantasy novels, writing mainly comic works.

He is best known for his Discworld series in which he wrote 41 novels. He was the UK’s best-selling author in the 1990s.

Pratchett was born in Beaconsfield, but his family briefly moved to Bridgwater when he was nine.

After passing his eleven plus exam, he secured a place at High Wycombe Technical High School where he wrote stories for the school magazine. In his Who’s Who entry, he even attributed his upbringing to the Beaconsfield Public Library.

He published his first short story in High Wycombe Technical School magazine in 1962.

For a time he even chose a career in journalism and began an apprenticeship with the editor of the Bucks Free Press in 1965.

Derrick Sherwin

Derrick George Sherwin was an English television producer, writer, editor and actor. He began his career in theater and became an actor before becoming a writer.

He was born in High Wycombe and later became the editor of the infamous Doctor Who and later became the series producer in 1969.

Sherwin also oversaw the transition from black and white to color, producing Patrick Troughton’s final story and Jon Pertwee’s first.

Other works he has worked on include contributing scripts to series such as Crossroads and Z-Cars.

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