Hunter Davies was born in Renfrew in 1936, brought up in Carlisle, educated at Durham University, and now lives half the year in London and half in the Lake District. As a journalist he worked on the 'Sunday Times', where he was chief features writer, and later editor of the Magazine.
He wrote regular columns for 'Punch' and currently writes for 'The New Statesman' and 'The Sunday Times'. For three years he presented 'Bookshelf' on BBC Radio 4.
He is the author of over forty books, including biographies, novels, children's novels (Flossie Teacake) and several books about Lakeland. His brook 'The Beatles', first published in 1968, is the only ever authorised biography.
He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster. They have three children, Caitlin, Jake and Flora.
Hunter Davies is President of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and founder of the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards, which are administered by the Cumbria Tourist Board.