More About the Author
Hilary Bonner is an English crime novelist, best known for her psychological thrillers.
Her latest novel, Friends to Die For, published by Pan Macmillan is a kind of Friends UK meets Ten Little Indians, and tells the story of a group of chums living in London's Covent Garden who become the victims of a dangerous prankster. At first, whilst always disturbing, the tricks are funny. But as they continue they become more serious and violent. Then the deaths begin.
The group call themselves Sunday Club and meet every Sunday evening in a basement restaurant called Johnny's Place - not unlike the legendary Joe Allen! And to mark the paperback publication (October 2014) Joes have created a suitably lethal Friends to Die For cocktail.
In real life Bonner regularly meets with a group of chums at Joe's for Sunday supper. They call themselves Sunday Club. But so far there have been no murders and no violent psychopath lurks amongst them - as far as they know...
Almost all Bonner's novels are inspired by real life events and locations, often drawing on her journalistic past. No Reason to Die, her most controversial book, focuses on the notorious series of unexplained deaths at Deepcut Barracks and elsewhere within the British Army. Bonner worked with the families of several of the dead soldiers in order to produce a complex conspiracy theory which, while presented as fiction, was believed by some to have come uncannily close to the truth, and led The Times to describe her as 'keeping on the public agenda the stories our masters would prefer buried.'
When The Dead Cry Out draws on her real life experience of living next door to a murderer. Its inspiration is the case of John Allen, Bonner's friend and neighbour during the 1980s, who in 2003 was found guilty of the murder of his wife and two children 27 years previously.
The Cruellest Game (published 2013) charts the cataclysmic collapse of a woman's apparently perfect life when she finds that almost everything in it is based upon a lie. It was inspired by a newspaper article about a family torn apart after the terrible deceit of one family member is revealed.
Bonner has just finished Death Comes First, to be published by Pan Macmillan next year, focusing on a widowed mum who receives a letter from her dead husband which turns her entire world upside down.
Bonner, a former chairman of the Crime Writers Association, was brought up close to the North Devon coast in the estuary town of Bideford, where her father was a local butcher and ran a tea shop. She was educated at the town's Edgehill College, and went on to be accepted for the Daily Mirror Training Scheme as a 17 year old school leaver. She acquired her first job in Fleet Street aged 20, ultimately becoming show business editor of three national newspapers, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Mirror, and assistant editor of one. She left Fleet Street in 1993 and became a full time author.
Her published work now includes eleven novels, five non fiction books, two ghosted autobiographies, one ghosted biography, two companions to TV programmers, and a number of short stories.
She lives in Somerset and London with her partner, the actress Amanda Barrie.