Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Laughing at the Dark (May 2023)

By Barbara Else

May 16, 2023

From the best-selling and acclaimed author Barbara Else, Laughing at the Dark is a funny, moving memoir about how she rebelled against being a ‘good girl’.

By the time she was in her forties, Barbara was married to a globally recognised academic physician and had two beautiful teenage daughters.  As her writing career developed, her husband became angry at the prospect of her being anything but a housewife.  In a moment of madness – or realisation – she packed her car and took off to live with the man who would become her second husband.

With her trademark wit and humour, Barbara poignantly describes her transformation from a shy but stubborn child into a fulfilled and successful adult.

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