Sarah Hilary

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Sarah Hilary is a UK crime novelist and former bookseller. Her debut, Someone Else's Skin, won the 2015 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.[1] Hilary was born in Cheshire[2] before moving to the South East to study for a First Class Honours Degree in the History of Ideas. She won the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize [3] in 2008 for her story, Fall River, August 1892.[4] In 2012, she was awarded the Cheshire Prize for Literature.

Her debut novel, Someone Else's Skin, was published in 2014, and was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick in the same year. In 2016, it was selected as one of the titles for World Book Night in the UK. It has also been a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist in the US.[5]

Her second book, No Other Darkness, was shortlisted for a Barry Award.

Sarah Hilary's grandparents and mother in a Japanese prison camp in Borneo, 1944

Hilary has written about her family history, most notably in My Mother was Emperor Hirohito's Poster Child for The Guardian, March 2014. Her mother and grandparents were prisoners of the Japanese in Batu Lintang camp where her grandfather, Stanley George Hill, died in 1945.[6] Hilary wrote about her grandmother's courage in the camp for the Dangerous Women Project in 2017.[7]

She wrote the introduction for Virago's new editions of three books by Patricia Highsmith republished in 2016: The Two Faces of January, This Sweet Sickness, and People Who Knock on the Door. Hilary talks about Highsmith's legacy for today's crime writers in A Gift for Killing, June 2016.

She lives in Bath.[8]


Marnie Rome series[edit]

Title Publisher Published ISBN
Someone else's Skin Headline 2014 978-1472207685
No Other Darkness Headline 2015 978-1472207722
Tastes Like Fear Headline 2016 978-1472236838
Quieter Than Killing Headline 2017 978-1472241108
Come and Find Me Headline 2018 978-1472248961
Never Be Broken Headline 2019 978-1472249005


  1. ^ Robertson, Vanessa. "Author interview: Sarah Hilary". Vanessa Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Sarah Hilary - profile and books". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Fish Publishing - alumni". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ Hilary, Sarah. "Fall River, August 1892". Sarah crawl space blog. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview with Sarah Hilary". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  6. ^ Hilary, Sarah (1 March 2014). "My mother was Emperor Hirohito's poster child". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Quietly Dangerous: How my grandmother won the war". Dangerous Women Project. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  8. ^ Cork, Tristan. "Author Sarah Hilary writes Crime Novel of the Year in Bath cafes". Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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  1. ^ Flood, Alison (2015-07-17). "Sarah Hilary's debut wins crime novel of the year award". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  2. ^ Flood, Alison (2014-03-09). "Someone Else's Skin - 'a superbly disturbing debut'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  3. ^ Hilary, Sarah (2016-06-10). "Six Tips for Suspense".