Barbara Mutch

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Barbara Mutch is the author of two novels. The first, The Housemaid's Daughter, a novel of love, hope and redemption, is set in the stunning Karoo landscape of South Africa. Her second, The Girl from Simon's Bay, will be published on 19th January 2017. It follows a forbidden romance set in the picturesque port of Simon's Town at the foot of Africa, during the Second World War. Can Louise and David find one another when the conflict is over?

Barbara was born and raised in South Africa, and is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants.
The Housemaid's Daughter is published in the UK and abroad by Headline, and in the USA by St Martin's Press. The book has been translated into 13 languages.

The Girl from Simon's Bay is published by Allison and Busb
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Barbara Mutch I am busy researching and writing a new book, Judith, so I am a year or 2 away from publication. I hope you can be patient!!
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I am busy researching and writing a new book, Judith, so I am a year or 2 away from publication. I hope you can be patient!!
In the meantime, please spread the word about The Housemaid's Daughter and The Girl from Simon's Bay!
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Barbara Mutch I think I'd like to go to Daphne du Maurier's Manderley... and watch the goings-on with Rebecca, Max and the evil Mrs Danvers!
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Many of us belong to Book Clubs and enjoy our regular monthly meetings.
But how about going one step further?
How about arranging a weekend away to the setting of your favourite book, spending time walking in the footsteps of the hero and heroine, and then inviting the author to come and talk about how the book came into being?
(Plus, of course, having a wonderfully social get together at the sa... Read more of this blog post »
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"Simons town is one of my favourite places that always attracts me with its colourful beauty, wonderful beaches with penguins, interesting old buildings , museums and the harbour. It was real pleasure for me to read that beautiful book with a movin..." Read more of this review »
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I read this book before I saw the movie and, for me, the movie captured the story in images almost better than the words! Having said that, the author did a masterful job in contrasting the life lived in Ireland with that in the United States. The he ...more
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This was an elegantly written book, set in a beautiful country. It could have been a little more hard-hitting but that might have destroyed the gentle flow of the story. I had not read about this part of the world, and it was interesting. It had elem ...more
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“And I remind myself that wherever one finds oneself, home and love is lent to each of us only for a while. We must care for it while it's ours, and cherish its memory once it's gone.”
Barbara Mutch, The Housemaid's Daughter

“Many pepper trees lay on their sides, their roots exposed like dirty underwear.”
Barbara Mutch, The Housemaid's Daughter

“Maybe war makes you value things and people more than you did when there was Peace and you knew there would never be a shortage?”
Barbara Mutch, The Housemaid's Daughter

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