Discussing Book Covers

‘“Moonfleet” leapt out at him, familiar...the paperback cover displayed a watercolour of a tall ship, sails set beneath a sky where the moon beamed as bright as a golden guinea...’ - ‘From a Dista [...]

Raffaella Barker recalls an idyllic childhood summer 1972

We’re sitting on a gate at our home in Itteringham, Norfolk, me and my brothers Bruddy and Progles, and at either end are Josh and Jake Hull, who were friends when we were little. Progles is wearing a police hat my uncle b [...]

From a Distance???????? Audiobook - available for pre-order

From a Distance’ Audiobook - available for pre-order05-08-14. https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/From-a-Distance-Audiobook/B00J809SGA?source_code=AUDGBWS03191498YS Have a listen here: In April 1946 Michael returns f [...]

Raffaella Barker: the year I was 17

Writer Raffaella Barker recalls tumbling head over heels in love with an art student at 17. I dreamed about being 17 years old through the preceding 16 years of gawkiness and it spelled freedom to me. As well as being a gla [...]

Raffaella Barker: A walk in the snow

"Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat / Please to put a penny in the old man's hat / If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do / If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you." [...]

Raffaella Barker: Trouble in paradise

Raffaella Barker is well known for her witty chronicles of country life. She tells. Marianne Brace why she has decided to dig deep into the darkness of divorce Raffaella Barker's horse has gone - swapped for a mot [...]

Raffaella Barker, Stiffkey Beach, Norfolk coast

Raffaella Barker has got mud in her hair. Big fat globs, perched like the beginnings of a bird's nest. She's stripped down to her bra and knickers and is standing in the middle of a muddy creek, looking like a tribal war [...]

From a Distance

April, 1946. Michael, a soldier, returns to Southampton on a troop ship. Brutalised and in shock, he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a train to the western tip of Cornwall, where his life i [...]


On a freezing cold night in an unfamiliar city, a man meets a woman. The encounter lasts just moments, they part barely knowing one another’s names, they make no plans to meet again. But both are left breathless. Five [...]

A Perfect Life

The Stone family live a fairy-tale existence in their home in rural Norfolk, complete with adorable children, glamorous parents and postcard-perfect seaside picnics. Nick, Angel and their family lead a charmed life. And yet bene [...]

Phosphorescence (Young Adult)

Phosphorescence, Raffaella Barker's first novel for young adults - now available as an audiobook. 'In August the Norfolk sea warms, and the algae become phosphorescent. If you swim in it at night you become luminous. [...]

Green Grass

Laura Sale has grown tired of her life. Her daily routine of dividing her time between pandering to the demands of her challenging conceptual artist husband, Inigo, and those of their thirteen-year-old twins Dolly and Fred, has [...]


After one year of being ‘buffered from single-motherhood’ by her boyfriend, David, Venetia Summers suddenly finds her life unravelling as he is sent to the Brazilian jungle and she is left alone in Norfolk. As chaos [...]

Hens Dancing

When Venetia Summers’s husband runs off with his masseuse, the bohemian idyll she has strived to create for her young family suddenly loses some of its rosy hue. From her tumble-down cottage in Norfolk she struggles to [...]

The Hook

Christy Naylor was forced to grow up quickly. Still reeling with anger after the death of her mother, she abandons college in order to help her father uproot from suburbia and start a new life on a swampy fish farm out in the st [...]

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