Novels and reviews

My first novels were published in hardback and paperback in UK and USA by Michael Joseph, Hamish Hamilton, Collins, St Martin’s Press, Harcourt, Flamingo and Black Swan. They are available in the secondhand market, on Amazon and as ebooks on Kindle. I’m now bringing out my recent work with Createspace.

For all work, see Author Page on http://www.amazon.com/author/SusanBarrett

and on http://amazon.co.uk/dp/1536806847

 

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JAM TODAY ISBN 7181 0664 4, first published by Michael Joseph 1969
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GA47MA
‘Goes at a cracking pace.’ Robert Nye, Guardian
‘Pithy and to the point. Beautifully sustained.’ Sheffield Morning Telegraph
‘A jolly romp … I found this hilarious.’ Daily Telegraph

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MOSES ISBN 7181 0760 8, first published by Michael Joseph 1970
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NWR4HG
‘One of the wittiest novels I have read recently.’ Derek Stanford, Scotsman
‘A delightful and amusing little comedy.’ John Whitley, Sunday Times

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NOAH’S ARK ISBN 7181 0892 2, first published by Michael Joseph 1971
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006FY5T38
‘A delightful comedy of manners, astringent enough not to be coy and thoughtful enough not to be frivolous.’ Francis King, Sunday Telegraph
‘Susan Barrett is extremely skilled at comic dialogues, especially in domestic scenes and inter-family conversations.’ Valerie Jenkins, Evening Standard

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PRIVATE VIEW ISBN 7181 1036 6, first published by Michael Joseph 1972
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006SHW3Z4
‘Highly professional and enjoyable.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Attractively written and above all attractively shaped.’ Evening Standard

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RUBBISH ISBN 7181 1288 1, first published by Michael Joseph 1974
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006JO1US2
‘A jolly lark about a nicely complicated felony. …Taking a few swipes at materialistic society on her way, Mrs Barrett contrives some marvellous muddles.’ Sunday Telegraph

cover by Charles Keeping

THE BEACON 0-312-07038-1, first published by Hamish Hamilton 1981
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006ZA2RUU
‘What lifts The Beacon on to a different plane is Susan Barrett’s understanding of people.’ Martyn Goff, Daily Telegraph

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STEPHEN AND VIOLET ISBN 0-00-223337-1, first published by Collins 1988
‘Susan Barrett has a direct style. She writes plainly, without nonsense. Credibility… is stamped on the pages like a visa on a passport.’ Andrew Sinclair, the Times
‘Susan Barrett’s poignant and pleasing novel weaves together the two strands of the journey home and the unfolding narrative of Violet’s life with great economy. She develops her characters with sensitivity and humour.’ Simon Rae, Times Literary Supplement

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE ISBN 1-4251-1004-5, Trafford print on demand 2006
Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LDL81C
Published by Trafford POD, www.trafford.com/06-2763
and on Kindle Direct Publishing, www/amazon.co.uk/B004LDL81C

WHITE LIES ISBN 9781536 806847, CreateSpace 2016

paperback print on demand and ebook
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1536806847

“A beautifully written, sensitive, yet amusing, and intriguing, tale around a subject that is rarely covered in literature. A delight to read.” Amazon customer October 2016

“This entire novel takes place in a single day.  The smooth transitions of time and place are so deftly managed that as a reader you do not notice the skilled construction – the sign of a story teller at the height of her powers.  The characters are complex, well-observed and both funny and moving, and the setting, in a care home, is contemporary and relevant.  This novel is a terrific page turner – I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.  I thoroughly enjoyed Home From Home, and recommend it highly.”  Clare Reddaway

“A beautifully written study of motherhood, loss and what makes us who we are. The characters are deftly drawn and the writer clearly knows her subject. The narrative is expertly woven and fast-paced, delivering pain and joy blow by blow. Sharp and incisive, heartbreaking and so relevant to today.”  Vanessa de Haan

A HOME FROM HOME ISBN 1537014838, CreateSpace 2016
Paperback print on demand and ebook
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1537014838

‘I enjoyed A Home from Home, and admired Susan Barrett’s imaginative verve and technical skill. The idiosyncratic setting of the care home is very convincing, and sheer multiplicity of the well-characterised staff and inmates is impressive. So are their complex interrelationships and their often surprising and far-reaching backgrounds. She brings off one of the best things that a novelist can do – the creation of a world – and writes about it both vividly and elegantly.’
Michael Frayn
“This entire novel takes place in a single day.  The smooth transitions of time and place are so deftly managed that as a reader you do not notice the skilled construction – the sign of a story teller at the height of her powers.  The characters are complex, well-observed and both funny and moving, and the setting, in a care home, is contemporary and relevant.  This novel is a terrific page turner – I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.  I thoroughly enjoyed Home From Home, and recommend it highly.”  Clare Reddaway

Alive in World War Two

ALIVE IN WORLD WAR TWO, The Cousins’ Chronicle
Commentary and memoir, CreateSpace 2016
Paperback print on demand and ebook
Creatspace https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/153766032

Reviewed by Marcus Campbell

“The Saying Itself: Social History with psychological depth and charm.  Selected passages from the letters of an extended family scattered throughout provincial England, and its colonies, create a fascinating collage that brings the lives of middle-class ‘people like us’ startlingly close. This is social history in the weft and warp. Beneath the family chatter we can clearly detect the forces of national pride, religion – or lack of it – political awareness, humour and stoic endurance, all in homeopathic doses. The book therefore becomes ‘social psychology’ as well as ‘social history’. The collection of partial viewpoints faintly coheres, as with a ‘join-the-dots’ image, into a broader picture. Its very faintness is the hallmark of its reality. As the War grinds on, the letters become starker, more fragmentary. Some of the writers redouble their efforts to be communicative. This is, and feels like, pleasure plus duty. There is a driving force, a bond, but what exactly? And why? We never really know. And nor, clearly, do the writers. What they say is not important, or even unimportant: it is the saying itself that seems to matter.

This faint quaint ‘mattering’ Susan Barrett has discovered and presented. She links the letters with passages of explanation and context that are apt, graceful and unobtrusive. It has obviously been a labour of love. Her Family Record is by no means dry. It has the charm and wonder of inscriptions in an old cemetery. Vivid, intimate, exact – and strangely topical, since they spring from days not unlike our own, of unprecedented stress – they touch the heart.”

Also children’s books, natural history and travel with Peter Barrett, and a television play “The Portrait”, produced by London Weekend Television.

See also

Author Page on Amazon https://amazon.com/author/SusanBarrett

and https://amazon.co.uk/author/Susan-Barrett