The Girl from Simon’s Bay
is a love story set in the author’s native South Africa against the backdrop of the Second World War.

Louise Ahrendts and Lieutenant David Horrocks meet amid the hive of activity that is the Royal Navy port at Simon’s Bay near Cape Town. Despite the gulf in their backgrounds, the risks to both their careers, and the expectations facing them from family on both sides, Louise and David are determined to be together. But as the end of the war approaches and a new troubled moment of history dawns, can they find their way back to each other?

The heartfelt drama of Louise and David’s story is set against the trials of wartime and the approaching apartheid regime. Barbara’s existing fans are promised another ‘gripping and soul searching’ read (according to Leah Fleming). 

The Girl from Simon’s Bay was published by Allison & Busby in January 2017.


Every word, every moment with her, is a gift. 
How could I ever have imagined coming back to Simon's Town - and not meeting her?