linguist • writer • editor • lecturer • broadcaster

Hilary Crystal

Hilary Crystal
Hilary Crystal works from her home in Holyhead, North Wales, with her husband David. She practised for several years as a speech therapist, working mainly with children with special needs, and spent a year as a research assistant on a Medical Research Council project at Reading University. From the mid-1980s until 2006 she was a quality-control editor for the Cambridge and Penguin families of encyclopedias. She has co-authored two books with her husband: Words on Words (available on this site) and John Bradburne’s Mtemwa, and has designed several poetry anthologies for Holy Island Press and the John Bradburne Memorial Society. Her first novel for children, The Memors, is now available at this site - a techno-fantasy story for tweenagers.

The Memors are here!

What’s so special about the dusty package hidden behind the panelling in Jess and Zach’s new home? Whose are the voices only Jess can hear? Why is the bumbling Holpweed watching their house? And what is Slewstone, his evil boss, planning with his weird technology?
Jess, Zach, and friend Rob must unravel the secret of the package, and restore what’s inside to the true owners before it’s too late. And when they find out what’s really going on they can hardly believe their eyes...

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

'You do not have to be a tweenager to enjoy a good fantasy story'. See the review in the Huffington Post.
The Memors - Hilary Crystal