Troubador Fun, Sun and Sadness

Released: 01/03/2009

ISBN: 9781848760660

Format: Paperback

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Fun, Sun and Sadness

A Life of Ups and Downs Across the World


Taking the reader through the author’s 76 years, Fun, Sun and Sadness is the entertaining, interesting and sometimes bizarre autobiography of a well-travelled Angela Barry.

Starting with a childhood destabilized by the Second World War leading on to a series of jobs, including a year at Hatchard’s Bookshop in Piccadilly where Angela encountered a number of celebrities of the time. A tempting marriage proposal led her to leave London for Sweden to think about it. There she taught English to the children of two families who took her under their wings and set her on the road to a proper career, initially in Sweden.

A long and varied career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office followed, with postings to Copenhagen, Berlin, Caracas, Kuwait, Singapore and Geneva, before ill health forced here into early retirement, at first to Dorset and then, at the age of 72, to the sunshine of southern Spain.

The Book Launch of Angela's Autobiography: 'Fun, Sun and Sadness' took place among a group of selected friends in Beaminster, Dorset on a glorious sunny day. All bought a copy and many have written enthusiastically to the author. They found it highly entertaining, interesting and above all honest!

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Angela Barry

Angela Barry was born in 1931 and has lived an itinerant life in the UK and abroad. She worked in Sweden for 9 years and joined the Diplomatic Service from the British Embassy in Stockholm, serving in a variety of overseas posts. Her interests are people, books and the meaning of life. She now lives in Andalucia in Southern Spain.

She started writing short stories whilst still at school and went on tussling with this as she got older. But she found that somehow she didn't have the imagination needed either to weave a short story or plot a novel. The short stories of Katherine Mansfield inspired her, but that wasn't enough.

She still had the urge to write and had plenty of practice writing factual reports of one kind or another in her work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

After retiring she came to the conclusion that, as truth is often stranger than fiction, she shoud embark on recording her life, with the accent on the bizarre, funny and frightening things of which her life has been made up. Given her many travels and experience of living in a number of different lands and cultures these experiences have been many and varied. They form the basis of her autobiography:'Fun, Sun and Sadness', much to the delight of her friends and apparently other readers too.

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