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2015 is the 150th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling’s birth: to be really formal, it's his sesquicentennial. 


Recent Highlights






SOLENT TV, August 2015
Tree-planting in memory of Kipling's son John at Bateman's, his old home. September 2015: see my blogs about John Kipling and WWI and about this recent ceremony.

My talk was reviewed in the Wells Journal: MARY Hamer's intent for writing Kipling & Trix, was to produce a different kind of biography on Rudyard Kipling. She focused her considerable research on creating an authentic inner life for the man who wrote The Jungle Book. Her semi-fictional book is a triumph on both counts.

And I'm already lookng forward to 2016

21st March I'll be giving a talk to Wye Arts.
**26-28 April I'll be giving a reading from Kipling & Trix In Shimla, old summer capital of the Raj!**

7th May  at the Asia House Festival: giving a talk about what The Jungle Book meant to Kipling

28 June Harwich Festival at the Swan House 

date tbc Chichester Festival invites me to give a talk about Kipling's stories on film. Fun!  

date tbc Oxted Historical Society


Publishers Weekly really likes Kipling & Trix: Hamer’s fictionalized account of the childhood of one of imperial Britain’s foremost authors (Rudyard Kipling) and his sister makes for an immersive reading experience. Born in Bombay Read more...  

Journal of Child Psychotherapy
At the Conference’s opening presentation Mary Hamer shared with us her experience of researching for, and writing, the novel ‘Kipling & Trix’. It was during this presentation that I was reminded of reading Bion’s ‘The Long Weekend’  . . . For me the immediate link between both works was the near tangible experiences described, of the warmth, vibrancy and beauty that living in India had offered to both Rudyard Kipling and to Wilfred Bion during their early childhoods.
I thought of the place of Ayah in these children’s lives.

 Newbooks Magazine  ‎
‎reviews  Kipling & Trix, and  features my account of Kipling's triumph over bad early experience. 'He used to say that he was 'born between the palms and the sea' . . .

March issue of Wiltshire Life features my piece on ‘Kipling and Wiltshire’.
Eliza Gale Interviews Mary about writing Kipling & Trix, asking some really thoughtful questions:http://bitly.com/1fm32a4 

Kipling Journal
Mary Hamer's novel about the lives of Rudyard Kipling and his sister Alice, 'Trix' to her family, is intelligent, vividly imagined and a real page-turner

The Brown Book
Mary Hamer's imaginative novel draws the unfolding scenes of Rudyard's and Trix's lives in an intimate, domestic and conversational style . . .

This is immersive storytelling with a real lightness of touch, so that we are drawn with a sense of intimacy into the conversations and thoughts of the characters.

Ink Pantry
Kipling and Trix is a fascinating fictional portrayal of the life of Rudyard Kipling and his lesser known sister Alice (Trix). The novel juxtaposes their two stories in a way that highlights the complexities of the creative mind while subtly commenting on the different routes open to brother and sister, as well as the outside influences which direct their lives. Read more...

Completely Novel
Here at CompletelyNovel HQ we have just read Mary Hamer's award-winning novel Kipling & Trix, published by Aurora Metro Books. It's a fascinating read about the lives of Rudyard Kipling and his talented but little-known sister Trix. What particularly intrigued us was how she managed to write such a convincing fictionalised account of the lives of these two extraordinary historical characters. Read more...

The Writes of Women
Kipling & Trix, winner of The Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2012, is a fictionalised account of the life of Rudyard Kipling and his sister Alice 'Trix' Kipling. It begins with Rudyard, aged five, and Trix, aged three, being sent to live with 'Auntie Sarah' Holloway, her husband, Pryse Agar Holloway and their young son, Harry; Rudyard and Trix's own parents being busy establishing themselves in Lahore, their father having gained promotion to the position of Principal of the Mayo School of Art and Curator of the Lahore Museum. Read more...

Pam Johnson Interviews Mary about writing Kipling and Trix on Words Unlimited
Mary Hamer's novel, Kipling & Trix, published this month, won The Virginia Prize For Fiction. The writing of Rudyard Kipling is known to millions but what of the work of his talented younger sister, Trix? Mary Hamer's novel explores dark episodes in the Kipling siblings’ childhood, and follows the reverberations through their adult lives. Here she explains her life-long fascination with Rudyard, describes her search for Trix and reveals four key things to consider when turning the facts of real lives into fiction. Read more...

Emma Darwin recommends Kipling and Trix
Meticulously imagined novel of Trix Kipling and her brother Rudyard growing up between England and India, which won the Virginia Prize. Mary Hamer is a Kipling expert, but applies her knowledge with a feather-light touch in lovely writing, which tells a fascinating story. Aurora Metro. Read more...

Historical Novel Society
Mary Hamer’s Kipling and Trix elegantly walks the borders between fact and fiction in her retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s story and his relationship with his sister Trix. She was also a writer, but by class rules. Read more...

Morgan Bailey
What really got me into writing, at six years old, was getting a fountain pen for Christmas. I thought the word ‘fainted’ in The Wind in the Willows was so exciting that I underlined it. Read more...

Neon Magazine
Kipling & Trix is the first novel to be published by Mary Hamer, who was previously a non-fiction author. It’s a fictionalised biography of Rudyard Kipling (famous writer, poet and Nobel Prize winner). Intriguingly, it’s also concerned with Kipling’s seldom-heard-of sister, Alice (nicknamed “Trix”). The story between its covers revolves around both, beginning with their shared childhood and following their two quite different paths through life. It’s an unexpectedly exciting read, and a deserved winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction. Read more...

Brit Writers
It probably began when my parents gave me a fountain pen for Christmas, the year I was six. I used it to underline the thrilling word ‘fainted’ in The Wind in the Willows!  Of course I could tell you about my education: that I went to a Birmingham convent school, then to Oxford to read English. But that wouldn’t reveal all the silent rebellion that was going on underneath. I don’t think I knew about that myself till I was very much older. By then I’d spent twenty years teaching and writing in the university and had taken on the deadening voice of authority. Theatre training in the US helped me begin to find my own voice as a writer and to tap into my own feelings and experience. At last, that felt like real writing. Read more...

Daily Mail
'Hamer's book opens up the complex world of the Kiplings, moving between continents and momentous world events.' Read more...


What Happens When You Win? Mary Hamer on The Virginia Prize

'When I saw the subject heading ‘The Virginia Prize for Fiction’, that October morning back in 2011, I braced myself, hardened to rejection. Hey, I wasn’t just a writer with a novel, Kipling & Trix, that 30 or more editors and agents had turned down, I was a convent girl, used to being squashed. I’d only been entering it for prizes in the hope that someone would consider it with attention.' Read more...


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