Date: 24th August 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) author J.K ROWLING is the perfect advertisement for Britain. And the best-selling writer has been given an award for promoting British excellence. More than 100 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
RUPERT HAMBRO, chairman of the committee for the WALPOLE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE, says of Rowling, "She is an excellent product to advertise the country. She is the best-known author in the country, she is just about to launch a film and she is in the middle of writing her fifth book. " (KMW/WNWR)