The bestselling author, who has sold more than 11 million books and says she has undertaken more school visits than the typical Ofsted inspector, believes that a modern library at every school is integral to the so-called levelling up agenda.
It is a widely shared view as she presses Ministers to make £100m available after a previously empty room at Dinnington School was transformed into a reading room. The problem is a Government – and a Chancellor in Rishi Sunak – that is deaf to the importance of schools catch-up funding. Let’s hope Ms Cowell is more effective at making funding pitches than Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary. It shouldn’t be too difficult.