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Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Favourite Things by Freya Barrington


Food Savoury and sweet
Home made king prawn madras curry and home made apple pie and double cream 

Coffee in the morning, Sauvignan Blanc in the evening

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

TV Series
Game of Thrones

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

Ohh that's a difficult one, is it too obvious to say Phillipa Gregory and Sharon Penman. I know that's 2!

Catherine of Aragon

Come up and see me, make me smile by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Never moved on really from the 70's

Holiday destination
Gozo, Malta


Can't choose just one - my children and my husband have to share that one

Place to write
After midnight in our snug

Biggest timestealer


Biggest mystery
Why is there always a spoon in the washing up bowl after you've finished

I love simple family traditions like the picnics with friends or the cake and milkshake in the special cafe when it's your birthday

Inspirational quote
Stop complaining about things you have the power to change (my mother)

Thing in the whole world - being alive, healthy and loved

Freya Barrington is the pen name of a senior child protection social worker in England, who worked for local authorities that required experienced social workers to offer support when there were staff shortages. She holds a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Derby with an award for excellence in practice, and is a registered member in good standing with the Health & Care Professions Council (UK).

Freya's debut work "Known to Social Services" was based on her own experiences as a front line social worker. The book has been the number one bestselling social work book on Amazon UK several times. "Known To Social Services" went on to WIN the autobiography/memoir section of the 2015 London Book Festival. It also received an Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction section of the 2016 Paris Book Festival.

Freya's second book, "Gozo Is the Grass Greener?" is an autobiographical account of her and her husband's move from the UK to the Mediterranean Maltese island of Gozo. With laugh out loud and tear jerking anecdotes in equal measure, "Gozo Is The Grass Greener?" received an honorable mention at the 2015 London Book Festival and went on to WIN the autobiography/biography section at the 2016 Paris Book Festival.

Freya currently lives in France, but travels often to undertake book signings and to give talks in regard to her books. In March 2015 Freya visited the UK and spoke to social work students at several Universities in regard to her experiences as a social worker and gave an account of her motivation in writing "Known to Social Services". In October 2015, Freya returned to Malta and Gozo after being invited to give talks to the students at the University there and to other interested organisations. While in Malta, Freya was interviewed by the Maltese Newspaper The Times of Malta.

Freya continues to write three blogs; one in relation to her life in Gozo, one with a more serious content relating to social work and one relating to her life in France where she currently lived.

Freya has been a contributor to the UK's Guardian Newspaper Social Care blog, and has appeared in features in several media including social work's Community Care Magazine.

Freya has also guested on radio stations in the UK and Malta.

Freya is currently working on the sequel to Known to Social Services which is a fictional work set in the world of child trafficking. Titled Caught In Traffick, the book is due for release in 2016.

Freya has been with her musician husband Steve for ten years; in her spare time, (when she has any) Freya enjoys horse riding, walking, bird watching, reading, cooking, drinking good coffee and spending time with friends and family.

Freya is indebted to Faraxa Publishing who have offered so much support in her career as a writer.

Please visit Freya's website and blogs at for more details on this exciting new author.

Thanks for joining us today Freya

Book Angel x

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