Thomas Hinde (novelist)

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Thomas Hinde
Born Thomas Willes Chitty
2 March 1926
Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, UK
Died 7 March 2014(2014-03-07) (aged 88)
West Hoathly, West Sussex, England, UK
Occupation Novelist and nonfiction author
Citizenship British
Spouse Susan Hopkinson (m. 1964–2014)
Children Four

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.[1][2]


His first novel, Mr Nicholas, was published in 1953.[3] 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.[4] An excerpt from Happy As Larry appeared in the popular paperback anthology, Protest: The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men.[5]

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.



  • Mr. Nicholas (1953)
  • Happy as Larry (1958)
  • For the Good of the Company (1961)
  • A Place Like Home (1962)
  • The Cage (1962)
  • Ninety Double Martinis (1963)
  • The Day the Call Came (1964)
  • Games of Chance: The Interviewer, The Investigator (1965)
  • The Village (1966)
  • High (1968)
  • Bird (1970)
  • Generally a Virgin (1972)
  • Agent (1974) ISBN 978-0340184554
  • Our Father (1975) ISBN 978-0340201565
  • Daymare (1980) ISBN 978-0333304273


  • Spain A Personal Anthology 1963 (Newnes)
  • On Next to Nothing: A Guide to Survival Today (1976, with Susan Chitty)
  • The Great Donkey Walk (1977, with Susan Chitty)
  • The Cottage Book: A Manual of Maintenance, Repair, and Construction (1979)
  • Sir Henry and Sons: A Memoir (1980)
  • A Field Guide to the English Country Parson (1983)
  • Stately Gardens of Britain (1983)
  • Forests of Britain (1985)
  • Just Chicken (1986, with Cordelia Chitty)
  • Capability Brown: The Story of a Master Gardener (1987)
  • Courtiers: 900 Years of English Court Life (1986)
  • Tales from the Pump Room: Nine Hundred Years of Bath: The Place, Its People, and Its Gossip (1988)
  • Imps of Promise: A History of the King's School, Canterbury (1990)
  • Paths of Progress: A History of Marlborough College (1992)
  • Highgate School: A History (1993)


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  2. "Obituary: Sir Thomas Chitty". Daily Telegraph. 11 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ricks, Christopher (2 October 1980). "Review of reissue of Mr Nicholas".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Allsop, Kenneth (1958). The Angry Decade; A Survey of the Cultural Revolt of the Nineteen Fifties. London: Peter Owen Ltd.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Feldman, Gene; Gartneberg, Max, eds. (1958). Protest: The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men. New York: Citadel Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>