362 Leith St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
In 1947, Barbara received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
In 1984, Anderson attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts from Victoria University of Wellington.
("All the Nice Girls" is set in and around the Davenport n...)
"All the Nice Girls" is set in and around the Davenport naval base in the winter of 1962. Sophie Flynn's life is becoming alarmingly complicated, while her husband is at sea.
(It is 1936. Like every summer, the Hopkins family, have r...)
It is 1936. Like every summer, the Hopkins family, have rented a house at the Beach. Alone during the week, Lorna is bored, until the most handsome man in the bay decides to make an amateur film.
(Oliver Gurth Perkins is seventy-five, and the darkest clo...)
Oliver Gurth Perkins is seventy-five, and the darkest cloud on his horizon is that the local bookshop no longer stocks paperbacks of the Times cryptic crosswords. He has an easy companionship with his wife; his dental practice is undemanding; his son is a decent enough sort; and his granddaughter, who comes for the school holidays, is his delight. But when a minor heart episode convinces Oliver, that it's time for him to take more interest in the lives of those close to him, further shocks are in store.
(This classic autobiography is a moving life story, that r...)
This classic autobiography is a moving life story, that reveals great insight into the making of a major writer. Broken down into three distinct parts, the book details Anderson’s childhood, along with the years she spent primarily as a mother and the wife of a prominent naval officer, before concluding with her return to school and a renewal of the desire to write late in life. Her life’s story poignantly illuminates not only her own existence, but also that of her country, New Zealand, over the past 80 years.
During the period from 1939 till 1943, Anderson studied at Woodford House secondary school. In 1947, Barbara received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin. Later, in 1984, she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts from Victoria University of Wellington.
In August 2009, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of Otago in recognition of her outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
In 1947, Barbara held a post of a science teacher at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand. Between 1948 and 1951, she held a post of a medical laboratory technologist at public hospitals in Napier. In 1961, Anderson served as a science teacher at Hastings Girls’ High School. During the period from 1964 till 1967, she worked as a science teacher at Queen Margaret’s College in Wellington. Later, between 1972 and 1978, Barbara served as a medical laboratory technologist in the same city of Wellington.
As for her writing career, Barbara became a published writer somewhat late in life, publishing her first book in her sixties. From that time, she produced a steady supply of short stories and novels, as well as plays, that were met with general critical enthusiasm. Her writings include "I Think We Should Go into the Jungle" (1989), "Girls High" (1990), "Portrait of the Artist's Wife" (1992), "All the Nice Girls" (1993), "The House Guest" (1995) and others.
(Oliver Gurth Perkins is seventy-five, and the darkest clo...)2003
(This classic autobiography is a moving life story, that r...)2008
("All the Nice Girls" is set in and around the Davenport n...)1993
(This work represents a collection of short stories, writt...)1989
(It is 1936. Like every summer, the Hopkins family, have r...)2000
Barbara's husband was knighted in 1982, and she was subsequently styled Lady Anderson.
Quotes from others about the person
"A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail - and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken." - Dirk Bogarde
"Barbara Anderson is a born writer." - Nick Hornby
Barbara married Neil Anderson, who was a senior officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), in 1951. Their marriage produced two sons. Neil died in 2010.