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Fiona Barton

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Cambridge, England, The United Kingdom



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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination

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Fiona Barton Book 3. Kate and Bob are still with me, nagging me to get on with it!
Fiona Barton Hi Carol, Thank you for your question - and apologies for the delay in replying (am on tour with my second book, The Child). So, in answer to your que…moreHi Carol, Thank you for your question - and apologies for the delay in replying (am on tour with my second book, The Child). So, in answer to your query: I have always been fascinated by the people on the edge of stories.
The Widow began for me as an image and a voice. The image was a wife, sitting in court, hearing in the most gut-wrenching detail, the crime her husband - the man she chose - is accused of. I covered a number of stories where the wife hovered, anonymously, on the edge of the main story and I always wondered what she knew or allowed herself to know.
The voice was Jean Taylor’s - the widow in the title. She was there from the start - my ear worm. And it was her phrase “No more of his nonsense” that set the mood of the book.
I wrote my first words in February 2009 – ten chapters and the ending – and then put it in a drawer until I was given a deadline (essential for a journalist!) and finished it in August 2014.
Hope this helps, f(less)
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“I remember looking at him lying there in a small pool of blood and thinking ‘oh well, that’s the end of his nonsense”
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“The simple lies are the hardest, funnily enough. The big ones seem to just fall off the tongue:”
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“People say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. They say that when you been through something terrible ... But it doesn't. It breaks your bones, leaving everything splintered and held together with grubby bandages and yellowing sticky tape. Creaking along the fault lines, Fragile and exhausting to hold together. Sometimes you wish it had killed you.”
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