Novelist and screenwriter


James Hilton was a bestselling English novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter.

He found literary success at an early age. His first novel, Catherine Herself, was published in 1920 when he was just 20 years old and still an undergraduate at Cambridge University.

After university, Hilton worked as a journalist until the success of his novels, Lost Horizon (1933), which won the Hawthornden Prize, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934) launched his career as a celebrated author. Hilton’s writing is known for its depiction of English life between the two world wars, its celebration of English character, and its honest portrayal of life in the early twentieth century.

Several of his books found a new audience through film adaptations, notably Lost Horizon (1933), and Hilton won an Oscar in 1942 for his work on the screenplay of Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther. 

In his lifetime he wrote 20 novels, as well as many short stories, works of non-fiction, plays and screenplays.

Selected Novels

  • Lost Horizon (1933)
  • Goodbye, Mr Chips (1934)
  • We Are Not Alone (1937)
  • To You, Mr Chips (1938)
  • Random Harvest (1941)
  • So Well Remembered (1945)