Barbara (Louise) Trapido, born 1941 as Barbara Schuddeboom, is a British novelist born in South Africa with German, Danish and Dutch ancestry. Born in Cape Town and growing up in Durban she studied at the University of Natal gaining a BA in 1963 before emigrating to London. After many years teaching, she became a full-time writer in 1970.
Trapido has published six novels, three of which have been nominated for the Whitbread Prize. Her semi-autobiographical Frankie & Stankie, one of those shortlisted, which deals with growing up white under apartheid, gained a great deal of critical attention, most of it favourable. It was also longlisted for the Booker prize.
Barbara Trapido lives with her family in Oxford and some of her books have Oxford connections.
- Brother of the More Famous Jack (1982)
- Noah's Ark (1984)
- Temples of Delight (1990)
- Juggling (1994)
- The Travelling Hornplayer (1998)
- Frankie & Stankie (2003)
- Sex & Stravinsky (2010)
- Frankie & Stankie, Observer newspaper
- Frankie & Stankie, Telegraph newspaper
- Sex & Stravinsky, The Independent newspaper
- Barbara Trapido: Biography and critical perspective from the British Council.
- "The awkward squad". Trapido writes about the process of creating a novel in The Guardian newspaper.
- Cosic, Miriam (12 June 2010). "The parallel worlds of Barbara Trapido". The Australian. Retrieved 26 July 2013. "Her mother was a shy woman, half-German and half-Danish, who had come from Berlin ... Trapido's father ... grew up in The Hague"
- Barbara Trapido
- mostly books blog: Abingdon Arts Festival 2008 - First Events