One great lady, Joanna Trollope (actually to be honest all ladies introduced during this A-Z Challenge are amazing! How fast time passes, already almost at the end of the alphabet)
Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire in 1943 so has always felt the Cotswolds was her real "home" giving her a sense of rootedness and the capacity to value the rich life of smaller communities.
She became a full time author in 1980 and is enormously successful, her first number one best seller, the Rector's Wife made her a household name and several of her novels have been adapted for television including The Choir and A Village Affair. Joanna was awarded the OBE in 1996 for Services to Literature.
One initiative which I found admirable was her attempt to save Gloucestershire's libraries and she mentioned that she thinks that local book shops are still relevant because:
It's news to me that more people shop online for books than shop physically. If you know what you want it seems to me that shopping online is efficient and probably cheaper but if you are browsing for choice the physical presence of books seems to me abidingly important and attractive.