Hilary Bradt (née Hilary Cross) is a publisher, writer, and lecturer – and occasional sculptor. She is co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides (in 1974) and is one of the directors of the company, an award-winning writer, and has lectured, mostly on her specialist subject, Madagascar, in seven different countries as well as on cruise ships. She is a patron of Money for Madagascar and involved in various charities in that country.
Born in 1941, she was brought up in Buckinghamshire and worked as an occupational therapist in the USA and South Africa before returning to Bucks in 1980 to concentrate on publishing and tour-leading. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the tourist industry and to charity, and in 2009 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers. She now lives in Devon.