Dilly Court is a London-born author who also publishes under the pseudonym of Lily Baxter. Court began her career in commercial script writing, before embarking on the writing journey which would land her a position on the top of bestselling lists across almost three decades. Her first novel, Mermaids Singing, published in 2005, reached the Sunday Times bestseller list, and propelled Court into the world of 20th century saga fiction.
Dilly Court is best known for her dramatic family sagas of domestic-romance fiction, but has also written several standalone novels in the same genre. Her novels all span the same subgenre, characterised by family affairs, love and secrecy, with undercurrents of social commentary on class divide. Dilly Court is particularly adept at creating unique, strong female protagonists. Her writing is highly accessible, making her novels perfect as holiday reads.
As a keen researcher, Court interlaces accurate details from life in the 20th century to colour the worlds in which her plots evolve. This detail induces a kind of nostalgia that makes the reader feel they have lived through the time in the books. Dilly Court has gained further popularity as the genre has made strides on screen with such shows as Downton Abbey and more recently, Bridgerton.
“‘It’s always hard at first, love.’ Mabel reached out to give Judy’s back a gentle pat.
― Dilly Court, The Country Bride