Hilary Boyd


Born
in Prestatyn, North Wales, The United Kingdom
June 29, 1939


Boyd was born and spent the first six months of her life in Prestatyn, North Wales, where her father, an army major, was stationed after the war. She was later educated in London, then at the boarding school Roedean. She trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and subsequently as a marriage guidance counsellor with Relate before reading English Literature at London University in her late 30s.

After college, Boyd became a health journalist, writing about depression, step-parenting and pregnancy. She began writing fiction as a hobby whilst raising three children and working at various day jobs including running a cancer charity, Survive Cancer, working for an engineering company, and an online vitamin site.

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“Sixty is heaven," she [bohemian Aunt Norma] told Jeanie as they sat having tea. "The world is done with you, you become to all intents and purposes invisible, particularly if you are a woman. I like to think of it as your third life. There's childhood, then adult conformity - work, family, responsibility - then just when everyone assumes it's all over and you're on the scrap heap of old age, freedom! You can finally be who you are, not what society wants you to be, not who 'you' think you ought to be.”
Hilary Boyd

“But Jeanie had just gone through the motions. No one would have realized, except perhaps her too-perceptive son-in-law, but that was one of the few perks of maturity: you knew how to dissemble.”
Hilary Boyd, Thursdays in the Park

“I know you are called Daniel now, and I shall call you that from now on, but Tom was the name I gave you when you were born. I am writing to say that I would be very happy to meet you. If you are still keen, I suggest we do so at the house of Marjory Best, the lady who took me in when I was pregnant with you and who’s happy to host our meeting. She lives in Kent, about eight miles from Canterbury, and her nearest station is Faversham. I don’t know where you live, but I hope this isn’t too inconvenient for you. I thought it would be better to meet there than in a noisy public place.”
Hilary Boyd, Tangled Lives

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