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Barbara Trapido

South Africa (b.1941)

Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of five novels - BROTHER OF THE MORE FAMOUS JACK (winner of a Whitbread special prize for fiction), NOAH'S ARK, TEMPLES OF DELIGHT (shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award), JUGGLING and THE TRAVELING HORNPLAYER (shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Novel Award). She lives in Oxford.
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1998) : The Travelling Horn Player
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (2003) : Frankie and Stankie

Barbara Trapido recommends
In the Place of Fallen Leaves (1993)
Tim Pears
"The writing is so genuine. Nothing is posturing or romanticised. The characters really touched me. There's so much talent here."
The Distance Between Us (2004)
Maggie O'Farrell
"A haunting, passionate psychological drama... superb, brave and heartstopping."
Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven (2005)
Jane Bailey
"A vivid and involving story that reaches a truly page-turning climax."
The House at Midnight (2008)
Lucie Whitehouse
"Gripping and accomplished."
The Trouble With Alice (2011)
Olivia Glazebrook
"A story that really draws the reader in... Quite deliciously funny and sad."
Ghastly Business (2011)
Louise Levene
"She writes with such energy and panache that I found myself screaming with laughter ... Her characters are a delight [and] she gets the period beautifully right, so that one is all the time aware of the serious intent behind all the gruesome fun."
Hinterland (2011)
Caroline Brothers
"Heart-wrenching... a story that all of us should read."
I Couldn't Love You More (2021)
Esther Freud
"I Couldn't Love You More is completely, inspiringly wonderful. I read it non-stop through the night, finding myself simultaneously uplifted and wrung out by the emotional power of the story and by its ambitious social and historical range. It couldn't be better."

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