About Barbara

Barbara Erasmus is a freelance journalist who lives in Cape Town, enjoying a splendid view of the mountain and close proximity to Cine Nouveau. She shares the house with the Silver Fox, her husband of 42 years and Molly and Lucy, the latest in a long line of Erasmus dogs. She has a daughter in Vancouver, mother of the Starfish, twins of note; her travelling son has made a recent return to Cape Town.

Having grown up in idyllic Zimbabwe, she spent twenty five nomadic years following her husband’s career around South Africa, which gave her the opportunity to travel all over the world, sparking her career as a travel writer; she is a listed writer on the UK web-site www.travelintelligence.com  She retired from teaching in 1998 to freelance full time and writes on a variety of subjects for local newspapers and magazines, winning the  DSAG GlaxoSmithKline Media Excellence Award and the Women&Home annual short story competition.

Her first novel, Kaleidoscope (Penguin, 2004) was nominated for the Commonwealth Best First Novel Award ; both Kaleidoscope and even with insects (Penguin, 2005) were included in the Exclusive Books Homebru promotion.  Her crime novel, Chameleon, was published in instalments on the Crime Beat blog www.crimebeat.bookslive.co.za  which she edited for three years. Her fourth novel, Below Luck Level was published by Penguin in 2012. She is currently brooding on a new novel, set on a train in India.

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      Wonderful meeting you and the “Silver Fox” for lunch. Looking forward to reading Below Luck Level as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
      Wishing you luck and inspiration for your next novel.

      See you soon,
      Regards,
      Ingrid & Roy

      • You are my first callers on barbaraerasmus.com!!! I am suitably excited! We really enjoyed lunch and a thirty-year catch up – we have all mellowed as well as a cape vineyard – look forward to seeing you in 2013!

    2. Hi Barbara, We loved your Christmas letter and also so enjoyed lunching with you and Mike at Cle du Cap. Love your website and will read it more thoroughly when the effects of our lunchtime wine wears off – and I didn’t even have any of Roy’s COLD red wine!! I am sure the website will get me reading your books again – have promised Clive I will read at least one of them to him.

      Once again, we wish you and yours a Happy Christmas and may 2013 be filled with with Good Luck, Good Health and all other Good Things, Enjoy planning your trip to India.
      love Molly and Clive

      • Many thanks to Bevans squared ( definitely not square Bevans…) for both lunch and encouragement. Start the luckless Clive on a short story. It seems unreasonable to subject him to an entire book!

    3. Wonderful to see you on the web Barbie!
      You have become a techno person by association and the feathers in your cap are now too numerous to be polite.

    4. Hi Barbara, congratulations on a most professional website. I am looking forward to your Indian train story. Have you read the forward to ‘Life of Pi’? – Hope you do not get bamboozled by the SIlver Fox. :) Happy 2013. Kind Regards, Peter Church

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