Arnold Bennett, British 20th century writer and novelist born in The Potteries. His father was a pawnbroker and the family lived in Hanley.
As famous as J K Rowling in his day, his books sold in huge figures, he was very influencial across culture and politics. He declined a knighthood after running the French propaganda office for the British through WWI.
He moved to London aged 21 and won a literary competition which saw him become the most prolific of writers.
He wrote for magazines, novels, and hit plays. He was friends with HG Wells and many artists of the day.
He died of Typhoid in his flat in Chiltern Street, above Baker Street Station in 1931.