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The Dead Seagull, The Literary Family and Our Fascination with the Autobiographical

“By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept” by Elizabeth Smart has received its deserved recognition this October, beating Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” and Nancy Mitford’s “T [...]


The Filtering Hourglass - Celebrating The Cheltenham Booker Prize

“But who would have won the Man Booker Prize 100 years ago?” This was the question the late publisher and writer Ion Trewin asked himself in 1994 whilst deciding between James Kelman and Jill Paton Wash for that y [...]


Raffaella Barker recalls an idyllic childhood summer 1972

We’re sitting on a gate at our home in Itteringham, Norfolk, me and my brothers Bruddy and Progles, and at either end are Josh and Jake Hull, who were friends when we were little. Progles is wearing a police hat my uncle b [...]


From a Distance’ Audiobook - available for pre-order

From a Distance’ Audiobook - available for pre-order05-08-14. http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/From-a-Distance-Audiobook/B00J809SGA?source_code=AUDGBWS03191498YS Have a listen here: In April 1946 Michael returns fr [...]


Raffaella Barker: the year I was 17

Writer Raffaella Barker recalls tumbling head over heels in love with an art student at 17. I dreamed about being 17 years old through the preceding 16 years of gawkiness and it spelled freedom to me. As well as being a gla [...]


Raffaella Barker: A walk in the snow

"Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat / Please to put a penny in the old man's hat / If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do / If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you." [...]


Raffaella Barker: Trouble in paradise

Raffaella Barker is well known for her witty chronicles of country life. She tells. Marianne Brace why she has decided to dig deep into the darkness of divorce Raffaella Barker's horse has gone - swapped for a mot [...]


Raffaella Barker, Stiffkey Beach, Norfolk coast

Raffaella Barker has got mud in her hair. Big fat globs, perched like the beginnings of a bird's nest. She's stripped down to her bra and knickers and is standing in the middle of a muddy creek, looking like a tribal war [...]


This Life - Raffaella Barker on Her Love For Swimming in the Sea

I suppose it makes sense to call it ‘wild swimming’ rather than just ‘swimming’. Like ‘wild salmon’ or ‘wild rice’, it makes the act of swimming in natural water more exotic. It so [...]


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