Interview with Hilary Beavis

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Time Management is always a problem for me. I try to divide what I have available each day three ways - some essential household chores, voluntary duties supporting learners to improve their English either coming to a Speaking English with Confidence Club session or at a local College, and to chill out in the evenings watching TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember the story I read first. I was only three or four at the time and was fortunate to have someone read to me regularly. My favourite stories were always about animals - farm animals especially.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Favourite books are always classics - first John Galsworthy's 'The Forsyte Saga' - why? Because it is a beautiful description of a family. Second, any of Charles Dickens books - because of the vivid pictures he creates of life in Victorian days. Third, Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre', again for the emotional, sinister writing style. Fourth, all of Jane Austin's novels - especially 'Persuasion' if only because I studied for O-level English exam! Finally, any biography of a historical person.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with my parents in Ealing in West London. My mother encouraged me to become good at spelling and as a keen writer herself helped me to use good sentence structure.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have only published one book. This revises and updates a book researched in the 1960's by my late father. Perivale is in the Ealing area and is where our family grave positioned in the graveyard. The ancient Church of St Mary-the-Virgin was made redundant in 1976 but the local community actively sought a future for the building and it is now a thriving classical music and arts centre performing concerts each week given by internationally acclaimed musicians. My book tells the story of how this came about.
Published 2015-06-03.
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Books by This Author

Perivale - Its Manor, Church and Patronage
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 16,460. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / History
The book revises and updates Eric Beavis' researched and published book in1963. New and additional photographs are included, particularly of the Old Rectory. The story of "The Friend's of St. Mary's, Perivale" tells how the community sought a future use for the ancient Church after being declared redundant in1976. Now established as a small classical music and arts venue in W. London.