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She has published 19 adult novels and 7 children's books since her first novel, All Things Nice, came out in 1969. Her novel A Woman's Age was a bestseller. Other works include Bodily Harm and Loving Attitudes, as well as television plays, screenplays and journalism.
Lady Rachel Billington was formerly the president of English PEN, the writers' organisation, and contributes to Inside Time the 'not for profit' national newspaper for prisoners.