5 Questions for Barbara Fox

Barbara Fox is the daughter of Gwenda Gofton. She is a freelance journalist and lives in West Sussex with her husband and two sons. Her book ‘Bedpans and Bobby Socks’ is out now in paperback.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler. If anyone hasn’t discovered her yet they are in for a treat as she’s so prolific. She writes about ordinary lives and does it so brilliantly.  Every time I read her I am left in total awe!

Which book would you recommend to a younger version of you that hadn’t read it?
This is the hardest question! What about Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle as it would have been good to know earlier how different a book can be and to have felt the power of such a strong first person narrative.

What was the first book you remember having a big impression on you as a child?
I think all the books I read as a child made an impression on me in some way. However, one early memory is of my Children of the World picture book (which I still have!) and which gave me a glimpse into lives in faraway places and really captured my imagination.

If you could travel by car across America with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Well, I have no option but to say my mother as I’ve just written about the road trip across the States that she and her friends made 50 years ago. Ideally, I’d like to take the other four as well. And to have been a fly on the wall during their actual trip…

What are you working on for your next book?
I am helping a young shepherdess in Northumberland to write a book about a year in her life. She was picked by the National Trust from many candidates, despite her youth, to run a remote farm, and is a remarkable young woman.

Barbara will be appearing at the Working With Words Panel for WORDfest on Tuesday April 5th.

Hear Barbara’s mother (and co-author) Gwenda Gofton talk to Woman’s Hour here.

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