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Barbara Trapido

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Barbara Trapido
BornBarbara Schuddeboom
1941 (age 82–83)
Cape Town, South Africa
EducationUniversity of Natal (BA)

Barbara (Louise) Trapido (born 1941 as Barbara Schuddeboom), is a British novelist born in South Africa with German, Danish and Dutch ancestry.[1] 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.[2]

Trapido has published seven 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)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Barbara Trapido Archived October 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine