Hilary Bailey

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Hilary Bailey
Born(1936-09-19)19 September 1936
Died11 January 2017(2017-01-11) (aged 80)
Alma materNewnham College

Hilary Bailey (19 September 1936 – 19 January 2017) was a British writer, critic and editor.


Bailey attended Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she was a founder-member of the Cambridge University Women's Union.[1] She was born in Bromley, Kent.

Her books include Polly Put the Kettle On, Mrs Mulvaney, Hannie Richards and All the Days of My Life, with a heroine who suffers the fate of all women who step away from what is expected of them. She wrote a biography of Vera Brittain, and sequels to Jane Eyre and The Turn of the Screw, a novel called Miles and Flora, which takes place some time after the original and resurrects one of the main characters. Bailey reviewed chiefly for The Guardian, edited volumes 7–10 of the New Worlds Quarterly series, and was coauthor of The Black Corridor (1969) with Michael Moorcock, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1978.[2][3]

She was editing North Sea Island, the sequel to her book Fifty-First State when she died.

Bailey had three children, Sophie, Kate and Max and three grandchildren Alex, Tom and Bobby.[1]


  • Polly Put the Kettle On (1975)
  • Mrs Mulvaney (1978)
  • All the Days of My Life (1984)
  • Hannie Richards: Or the Intrepid Adventures of a Restless Wife (1985)
  • Vera Brittain (non-fiction) (1987)
  • As Time Goes By (1988)
  • A Stranger to Herself (1989)
  • In Search of Love, Money and Revenge (1990)
  • The Cry from Street to Street (1992)
  • Cassandra: Princess of Troy (1993)
  • Frankenstein's Bride (1995)
  • Miles and Flora (1997)
  • Mrs Rochester (1997)
  • Elizabeth and Lily (1997)
  • After the Cabaret (1998)
  • Connections (2000)
  • Fifty- First State (2008)
  • The Strange Adventures of Charlotte Holmes (2012)


  1. ^ a b Ramsey, P.S. (2007). "Hilary Bailey". Guide to Literary Masters & Their Works (Online resource). Literary Reference Center – via EBSCO.
  2. ^ Andrew Harrison (24 July 2015). "Michael Moorcock: 'I think Tolkien was a crypto-fascist'". New Statesman.
  3. ^ "Bailey, Hilary", The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE), 21 January 2017.

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