Novelist, Dramatist, Broadcaster. He was born in Bradford, England, where at age 19 he began writing for a local newspaper. In 1914 he enlisted in the army and saw active service in France. After the war and after spending 2 years at Cambridge his first novel was published. His novels, such as "The Good Companions" and "Angel Pavement", often attack the dreariness of capitalistic society and call for social reforms while at the same time praising Old England. His mayor plays include "When We Are Married" and "An Inspector Calls". The latter has been staged all around the world and was made into a film. During WWII his weekly broadcasts drew audiences of up to 16 million listeners. In 1977 he was presented with the Order of Merit after he had previously declined a knighthood and a peerage.
Bio by: Erik Skytte
Jacquetta Jessie Hopkins Hawkes
1910–1996 (m. 1953)