| Thomas Hinde|
| Novelist and nonfiction author|
Susan Hopkinson (m. 1964–2014)
March 7, 2014, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
The day the call came, Mr. Nicholas
Geoffrey Martin, Ann Williams, Elizabeth Hallam, David Bates, Fiona Macdonald
Thomas Hinde (novelist) Wikipedia
Sir Thomas Willes Chitty, 3rd Baronet (2 March 1926 – 7 March 2014), better known by his pen name Thomas Hinde, was a British novelist.
Thomas Hinde was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, and educated at Winchester College and University College, Oxford. After service in the Royal Navy, he worked briefly for the Inland Revenue and then for the Shell Petroleum Company, before becoming a full-time writer. He became a baronet on the death of his father in 1955.
Hinde married Susan Hopkinson, daughter of the novelist Antonia White, in 1951; the couple remained wed until his death in 2014; they had four children. Hinde and his wife, also an author writing under the name Susan Chitty, lived at Bow Cottage, West Hoathly, West Sussex, a village on the edge of Ashdown Forest in the High Weald.
His first novel, Mr Nicholas, was published in 1953. His second, Happy As Larry, the story of a disaffected, unemployable, aspiring writer with a failed marriage, led critics to associate him with the Angry Young Men movement. An excerpt from Happy As Larry appeared in the popular paperback anthology, Protest: The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men.
Hinde published thirteen further novels before turning to non-fiction. After 1980, he also published books on English stately homes and gardens, English court life, and the forests of Britain, as well as histories of English schools.