Rachel Billington

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Rachel Billington
Rachel en Kevin Billington (1968).jpg
Rachel and Kevin Billington in 1968
Born Rachel Mary Pakenham
(1942-05-11) 11 May 1942 (age 73)
Oxford, England, UK
Occupation Author, novelist
Spouse(s) Kevin Billington (m. 1967)
Children 4
Website www.rachelbillington.com

Lady Rachel Mary Billington OBE (née Pakenham, born 11 May 1942) is a British author, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Longford,[1] who were both eminent writers, as was her aunt Christine Longford. She is the sister of Lady Antonia Fraser DBE and Thomas Pakenham (the present Earl of Longford), who are also writers. Her husband is the film, theatre and television director Kevin Billington.[2]

She has published 19 adult novels and 7 children's books since her first novel, All Things Nice, came out in 1969. Her novel A Woman's Age was a bestseller. Other works include Bodily Harm and Loving Attitudes, as well as television plays, screenplays and journalism.

She was formerly President (now Vice-President) of English PEN, the writers' organisation,[3] and contributes to Inside Time the 'not for profit' national newspaper for prisoners.

Billington was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for her services to literature.[4]



  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Lady Rachel Mary Pakenham". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 20 March 2010. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Biography". Author's Official website. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Staff and Officers". English PEN. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 9. 31 December 2011.

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