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Success was a long time coming for The Lavender House author, she tells Margaret James


Hilary Boyd’s debut novel Thursdays in the Park was a huge bestseller, and since then she has written several more very successful stories. The Lavender House is now out in paperback and her latest, A Perfect Husband, is out in hardback in July.

With this kind of track record, you might suppose Hilary must come from a literary family, but this isn’t really the case. ‘Both my grandfathers were politicians,’ she says. ‘My mother’s father was Minister of Food during the Second World War: he was the Dig for Victory man. But in the 1950s my own father was briefly a copywriter for Schweppes soft drinks, and he often used to draw cartoons and write silly rhymes for us. Also, everyone in the family was an obsessive reader.

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