born at Teddington, London, on St Valentines Day. She graduated
at St Hughs College, Oxford, in Modern Languages and then made
journalism her career, working as a reporter on the Esher News in Surrey until
moving to Hampshire with her husband Robert, a Fleet Street journalist,
and their three young sons.
In their new seaside home, in 1973, they founded the Hayling Islander,
a popular free monthly newspaper delivered by volunteers to every house
on the island. They later sold the paper to the Portsmouth News group
and it continues to flourish.
Robert and Barbara moved to Dartmoor in 1983 before eventually realising
their dream of living in the tiny Channel Island of Alderney. There they
launched the Alderney Magazine, which continued until Roberts
death in 1994.
Barbara, who still lives in Alderney, has published a humorous paperback, Naughty in
inspired by her experiences as an au pair in Oslo in 1953, which were
the subject of a talk she gave on Womans Hour on BBC Radio.
She has also published a volume of poetry, While
Others Sleep, and a book of short stories, The
Spare Child & Other Rather Nasty Stories. Her love of
poetry started at school when she studied the great German lyric
poets, and she
wrote her first poems in German.
She says: My first book was Naughty; my second Nasty; and now Im
working on a really Nice book, A Treeful of Peacocks, set in the
five-acre paradise which was our home for five years.
Barbara also paints in watercolours and oils, and some of her paintings
can be previewed online. Scroll down for more.
Books by Barbara Godfrey
The book makes good-natured
fun of the girls and their male conquests during their adventures in the
Norwegian capital, the western fjords and the Land of the Midnight Sun,
where they had to climb hundreds of steps in the sheer cliff face of the
North Cape to reach the isolated plateau. Highlights
of the trip to the frozen north included seeing the wreck of the sunken
German battleship Tirpitz being dismantled in the Tromsøfjord; watching
a small boat sailing across the infamous Maelstrøm whirlpool; and
gaining an insight into the offbeat nature of the folk whose lives are
for weeks on end by perpetual sunlight and then by endless night.
tale of the hilarious escapades of two British girls who took jobs as
housemaids near Oslo in 1953.
Besides its accounts
of their often farcical skirmishes with frisky Norwegian men, the book
is packed with information about this fascinating country, past and present.
A lovely book ... I thoroughly enjoyed it. My Norwegian friends
all feel the same. Sten Adeler, Norwegian Consul for
the Channel Islands
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can be found here
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Spare Child & other rather nasty stories
9 short stories laced
with black humour:
The Spare Child, The Time of Her Life,
The Mincer, The Postmans Secret, A Voice from the
Grave, What’s the Point?, Treble Chance, A Sting in the Tale, Take Fright
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