Barbara Anderson (writer)

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Barbara Anderson
c. 2009
c. 2009
BornBarbara Lillias Romaine Wright
(1926-04-14)14 April 1926
Hastings, New Zealand
Died24 March 2013(2013-03-24) (aged 86)
Auckland, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Otago
Victoria University of Wellington
GenreShort Stories, novels
Sir Neil Anderson
(m. 1951; died 2010)

Barbara Lillias Romaine Anderson, Lady Anderson (née Wright, 14 April 1926 – 24 March 2013) was a New Zealand fiction writer who became internationally recognized despite her first book being published in her sixties.[1]


Born Barbara Lillias Romaine Wright in Hastings, she was educated at the University of Otago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. In 1951, she married Neil Anderson, a Royal New Zealand Navy officer later to become Chief of New Zealand Defence Staff. They had two sons. After a career as a medical technologist and as a teacher, she went back to university in Wellington, New Zealand, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Victoria University of Wellington in 1984.

Her husband was knighted in 1982,[2] and she was subsequently styled Lady Anderson. She died in Auckland on 24 March 2013.[3]


  • I Think We Should Go Into the Jungle : Short Stories. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1989; London: Secker & Warburg, 1993.
  • Girls' High. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1990, 1999; London: Secker & Warburg, 1991.
  • Portrait of the Artist's Wife. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1992; London: Secker & Warburg, 1992; New York: Norton, 1993; London: Minerva, 1993.
  • All the Nice Girls. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1993, 1999; London: Cape, 1994; London: Vintage, 1995.
  • The House Guest. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1995; London: Cape, 1995; London: Vintage, 1997.
  • Proud Garments. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1996.
  • The Peacocks : and Other Stories. Wellington : Victoria University Press, 1997.
  • Glorious things, and other stories. London: Cape, 1999.
  • Long Hot Summer. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1999; London: Cape, 2000.
  • The Swing Around. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2001.
  • Getting There: An Autobiography, 2008[1]

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  1. ^ a b Barbara Anderson, NZ Book Council, Retrieved 2 April 2017
  2. ^ "No. 49010". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 11 June 1982. p. 39.
  3. ^ NZ author Barbara Anderson dies |

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