Vote in the Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament, Women of 2011: Round 1

JK Rowling vs. Susan Boyle

When Susan Boyle was plying her trade as an unsigned vocalist in West Lothian, Scotland, former welfare mom JK Rowling was toiling away 20 miles up the road in Edinburgh, penning dark tales of an orphaned wizard. Which rags-to-riches story inspires you more?

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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