R C Hutchinson was born in 1907 in Finchley, North London, and educated at Monkton Combe School, near Bath.
He joined the army in 1940 was posted as captain in the 8th Battalion of the Buffs Regiment. He travelled widely during the war, while continuing to write. In October 1945, after preparing the official history of the Paiforce campaign, he was demobilised with the rank of Major.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in June 1962.
His novels include Thou Hast a Devil (1930); The Answering Glory (1932); and The Unforgotten Prisoner (1933), which sold 150,000 copies in the first month.
He died in 1975 before completing the last chapter of his final novel, Rising. It was published in late 1975 and shortlisted for the Booker Prize in November.