Antonia Barber

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Antonia Barber born 1932 (real name Barbara Anthony) is an English author of books for children and adults.[1] Barber resides in Kent and Mousehole, Cornwall. Her award winning book The Mousehole Cat has been made into an animated film[2] and is being adapted as a stage musical. She graduated from University College London, and had a husband who was a structural engineer. She is the younger sister of fellow author Pamela Oldfield.[3] Barber is currently[when?] living in her oast house in Kent and visiting Mousehole regularly. She is working on the Mousehole Musicals.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Affair of the Rockerbye Baby (1966)
  • The Ghosts (1969) —filmed as The Amazing Mr Blunden
  • The Ring in the Rough Stuff (1983)
  • The Enchanter's Daughter (1987)
  • Satchelmouse and the Doll's House (1987)
  • The Mousehole Cat (1990)
  • Catkin (1994)
  • Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Dancing Shoes, Dance to the Rescue

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Ghosts (1969)

The Ring in the Rough Stuff (1983)

  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

The Mousehole Cat (1990)

Three illustrators have earned some recognition by the British Library Association for their collaborations with Barber.[4]

  • Errol Le Cain, The Enchanter's Daughter, a commended runner up for the 1987 Greenaway Medal
  • Nicola Bayley, The Mousehole Cat, a commended runner up for the 1990 Greenaway
  • P. J. Lynch, Catkin, on the shortlist for the 1994 Greenaway

The Kate Greenaway Medal recognises the year's best children's book illustration (in that time, by a British subject).


  1. ^ "Antonia Barber". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Mousehole Cat". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Pamela Oldfield obituary
  4. ^ "Kate Greenaway Medal" Archived 16 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. 2005(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University. Retrieved 25 June 2012.

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