He's penned the official biographies of The Beatles and Paul Gascoigne, while his critically acclaimed book "The Glory Game" lifted the lid on the workings of a professional football club.
Now Cumbrian author Hunter Davies has been awarded an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's birthday honours.
Ryan Dollard went to meet him to talk about his life, his home... and - ahead of England's crucial World Cup match tonight - Wayne Rooney.
Cumbrian writer and biographer Hunter Davies has recently been awarded an OBE for his services to literature. He's written about William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Alfred Wainwright and the Beatles.
He's also the official biographer of Wayne Rooney and ahead of England's second World Cup game, we couldn't help but ask him about the football star he knows so much about.
The official biographer of Wayne Rooney, Cumbrian Hunter Davies, says he believes the Manchester United striker would have been a better England player if he'd spent time at a foreign club.
He was speaking ahead of England's vital World Cup tie against Uruguay this evening. Rooney has been criticised by some people for not making more of an impact at the tournament so far.