About me

I am a writer and academic. My novel, "The Inheritance Powder" has been published by RedDoor Publishing on 8th October 2015. Set mainly in Bangladesh, it is based on a real life tragedy - the slow poisoning of millions of people by arsenic in their drinking water thanks to a well-meant but disastrous international aid intervention. it is part love story and part suspense and views the tragedy through two very different people's lives. It draws on my personal and professional experience of working in international development.

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New edition of The Inheritance Powder launches at the Dhaka LitFest, November 2016!

I’m delighted to announce that UPL Dhaka have published a Bangladesh edition of The Inheritance Powder.

A magical trip to the Dhaka LitFest

So there I was, back in my almost favourite city of Dhaka, by invitation of the Dhaka LitFest! I’ve had a long involvement with Bangladesh and lived and worked in Dhaka over several decades...

Notes from the first-time novel publishing frontline 2 – Readers’ responses

Well, it has been just over a month since publication and my biggest learning experience has been how long it takes for actual books to reach actual people through the multiple and proliferating chains of distribution. Why my overseas readers seem to get The Inheritance Powder a lot quicker than readers in London remains a mystery. And then of course readers need time to read it. Given the ever accumulating pile of “must read” books in my house in varying stages of unread-ness, I am both amazed and grateful at the number of people who have already done so.

Hilary Standing Book Launch Podcast

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The Inheritance Powder has now been published

My Book The Inheritance Powder has now been published and is available for sale. 

You can order it from any UK bookshop

For on-line and overseas sales, I recommend using Wordery which has free p and p and a discount: Wordery

Stop Press!

The Inheritance Powder was one of 20 book covers shortlisted in the Lord of the Covers Competition run by CompletelyNovel.com

After a public vote, I’m delighted to announce that we were one of four runners up. A big thank you to everyone who voted for me!

The Inheritance Powder Book Launch

The Inheritance Powder was launched at the RedDoor Annual Books Party on 8th October in front of a convivial audience. Here’s a picture of me doing my first reading, compered by the entertaining Laura  Lockington, writer and brains behind the Bookish Supper

The Inheritance Powder - An interview with Hilary

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The Inheritance Powder

My novel, The Inheritance Powder, will be published on 8th October 2015 by Reddoor Publishing. Click on this link for more details!