Phyllida Barnes

About Phyllida Barnes

As a child lived in many exotic, politically volatile, slightly dangerous and beautiful countries. As an adult has lived in France, London and South Africa - and returned, aged 30, to Hampshire, which was always the centre of her childhood universe. She trained and qualified as a nurse, has been a receptionist and editorial assistant on a magazine, worked in a nursery school and in the travel industry. Is an active member of her community, has a lodger, runs a bed and breakfast and another small business, loves writing, reading, travel by train or foot, theatre, cinema, her garden and playing her own morbid compositions on the piano when no one is listening. Can never resist a dry martini, Danish TV series, talking to strangers or putting people in touch with each other. Married, 3 mostly grownup children, 1 cat and a few chickens.

Book Club: Wonder

Book Club: Wonder

The Quality Steep Book Club read Wonder by R J Palacio. Nicholas Sparks’s review says Wonder is: well written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember […]

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Book Club: The Quality Steep Book Club

Book Club: The Quality Steep Book Club

Differently packaged personalities, all keen to unwrap, share and thoroughly read and inwardly digest good books, many of which we would never have read if the choice was ours alone. The Quality Steep Book Club is based in a rather scattered village in a beautiful part of east Hampshire near a lively market town and just […]

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Verona: A very fair city at a very fair price

Verona: A very fair city at a very fair price

With a little help from airbnb Phyllida Barnes takes a much-needed, affordable break in the charming Italian city of Verona Verbatim email below from Balazs, Hungarian/Italian owner of delightful flat in the middle of old Verona, rented by us through www.airbnb.co.uk : [quote]think..dependly by the weather, of course I suggest you try to explore garda […]

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