Author Susan Hill has been awarded a CBE for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, announced on Saturday [16th June].
Also honoured with a CBE was Mary Berry, cookery writer and broadcaster, for services to culinary art. Judith Kerr, author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was awarded an OBE for her services to children's literature and Holocaust education.
Hill, author of more than 30 novels including The Woman in Black and the Simon Serrailler crime series, is published by houses including Vintage and Profile. She has written books for children including The Glass Angels and Beware, Beware. She won a Somerset Maugham Award for I'm the King of the Castle in 1970; the Whitbread Novel Award forThe Bird of Night in 1972; and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Albatross in 1971
Hill said: "I am delighted and very honoured, particularly because being given this in the Queen's Jubilee year is very special. It's a personal honour but also a recognition for writers and writing the whole book world. This has been quite a year for me, and receiving this award really has crowned it."
Hill also urged more people to nominate women they feel worthy of an honour, as she said currently only 40% of those nominated are women. She said: "Anyone can nominate anyone for an honour, and there are a lot of very worthy women writers and others in the book world who thoroughly deserve one. And of course many men. I don't usually come over all feminist, but I'd suggest that if people are thinking of putting in some nominations, they bear the discrepancy in mind. The figures are actually 60% men and 40% women."
Meanwhile, Berry has written more than 60 cookery books, including her most recent title, Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook, published by DK earlier this year. BBC Books also publishes the writer, with titles including My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes.
BBC Books editorial director Muna Reyal said: "We're absolutely delighted for Mary Berry and it's so well deserved. Mary has inspired us all for years with her bestselling baking books and more recently with her quiet authority and generosity as a judge on 'The Great British Bake Off'. Mary has truly earned a place in our hearts as the nation's Queen of Cakes."
Eighty-nine-year-old Kerr is well-known for creating cat character, Mog, as well as her series of three autobiographical novels which describe her journey from Nazi Germany to London, of which When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is one.