Writing is a passion, an addiction, something I have to do. When I’m not engaged in it, I feel less alive. Just as I feel less alive without love; and without the warmth and light of the sun. I’ve always been aware that for me both mood and creativity are enhanced by the sun – which is one reason I left damp, grey England for Granada in Spain 19 years ago and why I’m still there despite the pull of my two children and five grandchildren in the UK.

The writing all started with a life-changing overland trip to Kathmandu in 1974. It was the first time I’d left Europe and it opened my eyes to the wider world, to places and people and ways of life utterly different to anything I knew. Inspired and wanting to share my experiences, I returned to Shropshire and wrote – almost entirely from memory because the only record I’d bothered to keep over 3 months was a list of places. The result, Kathmandu by Truck, was published by Roger Lascelles in 1974. Another addiction had been born, an addiction to travel. So the following year, this time with what amounted to a commission for a book, I set off again, with an old school-friend, on a journey across Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway. That was followed by a month in Japan and three months travelling around S.E. Asia. Trans-Siberia by Rail was published in 1979.

The arrival of two children put an end to that kind of travel – happily because being a mother brought its own joys – but it didn’t stop me writing; it just made me turn instead to writing novels. Seven unpublished novels (one very nearly made it) and about 30 years on, I finally have one in print (with an e-version too). Secrets of the Pomegranate,  set in Granada, came out in 2015. For links to buy it, see my Secrets of the Pomegranate page.

My next novel, The Red Gene, tells the story of three generations of women, starting with an English nurse who volunteers for Spain at the beginning of the Civil War in 1936. Set partly in Spain, partly in England, it covers some of the less savoury aspects of Spain’s recent history. For further detail, see my blog post: The Next Novel: a love story with a Civil War background. More will be revealed about the now completed novel in due course.


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  1. That all sounds absolutely wonderful Barbara , now I know the history which I hadn’t realised . As said the fruits of living in Granada are harvesting . I never forget when you told me you didn’t need a TV as gazing at the stars with a glass of wine on the sun roof was , well , better . . . .


  2. Hi Barbara – I sought you out to tell you what a great video the PN junction vid was. And what a GREAT voice you have for such instruction! Thanks for being a part of that.


    1. Hello Denise, glad you liked my post. ‘Trans-Siberia by Rail’ is long out of print but second-hand copies are still around. Several are listed on Amazon. Or you could try Abe Books. I made the journey in 1975. It would be very different now!


      1. have just returned from japan skiing 3 hrs ago. putting things away and your book KBT found given to me11yrs ago—great memories come back. regards ian lovett


  3. Thanks for your comment, Ian. I’m always amazed when I hear that this book, published in 1976, is still around and being read. How the world has changed. I feel sad, thinking of the people I met, especially in Afghanistan, and of what has happened in some of the countries I travelled through.


  4. Hi Barbara!

    I am the owner of AlteArte, a bar/art gallery in Altea, Spain (www.facebook.com/AlteArte). We have a book club, and we have chosen Secrets of the Pomegranate as our book for February. We will be meeting on Sunday, March 5th at 7:00 to discuss the book. Is there any way that you could join us via skype or in person? Would love to meet you and have you in attendance! My email is sara328@hotmail.com

    I look forward to hearing from you!


    1. Thank you so much, Lance. I had no idea about the website. I’m still in touch with one of my travel companions (in Australia). Maybe I can find some more! The book is long out-of-print but there are a few second-hand copies still floating around.


      1. Hi Barbara. I have just seen your reply! I am still getting used to WordPress and its quirks. I did not realise your reply would appear here rather than in my own email Inbox. I read your book before going on my own EO Asia trip from Kathmandu in 1979 and still have it. Do you recall who your driver was? Regards.


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