Barbara Trapido

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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.

At a literary event in Abingdon in March 2008, Trapido read extracts from an as yet unpublished 7th novel.[3]

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
  3. ^ mostly books blog: Abingdon Arts Festival 2008 - First Events