Tokyo native Moyoco Anno was born March 26, 1971. Known as one of the major names in Japanese women's comics, she is equally known for her iconic fashion designs and as a fashion writer. Her manga and books have attained considerable popularity among young women in Japan. Though she primarily writes manga for women, her most popular title in the west is Sugar Sugar Rune, which was targeted at primary school-aged girls. In a recent Japanese poll, she was voted the eighth most popular manga artist among females and thirteen in the general category. Most of her works have been adapted for film or TV, including SAKURAN, Hataraki-Man, and Sugar Sugar Rune. In 2005, Anno's Sugar Sugar Rune won the comic artist the prestigious Kodansha Comics Award.
Praise for Fay Weldon and "Habits of the House""Before there was DOWNTON ABBEY, there was UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of 'them that has and those what serve 'em.'" --Booklist"Good fun from start to finish, thanks to breezy storytelling and witty social observations." --"The Washington Post""Weldon brilliantly captures the rituals above stairs and the gossip below stairs..."Habits of the House "is an absorbing and worthwhile read." --"Star Tribune""My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." --Jean Marsh, co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs"There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." --The Observer (UK)"Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." --The Chronicle of Higher Education"I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's Upstairs Downstairs back again, Downton Abbey so popular." --Fay Weldon