Barbara was born in Gloucestershire, England and later moved to London where she grew up surrounded by books, paintings and antiques. Her Scottish father was an artist and playwright, her Australian mother was a teacher, and elder sister, a successful author first published at age 16. The classic Victorian author Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell was a great, great, great aunt, so a bookish family. When birthdays came around, no one was asked what they wanted. As a child she never owned a bike or scooter, the question was simply, “Which book do you want this year?” Her most treasured possessions are still her books; literary,illustrated (I adore Rackham and Dulac illustrations), fiction and non-fiction. So perhaps writing was in her genes.
When younger she worked in many literary capacities and published numerous short stories and articles, but now writes full length novels.
Her passion is for late English medieval history and this forms the background for many of her historical novels. She also write fantasy, yet both fantasy and historical fiction take us into new worlds and Barbara's books do exactly this - being multi-layered, and rich in atmosphere and depth of characterisation.
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