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Barbara Lorna Hudson grew up on a farm in Cornwall. She studied languages at Newnham College Cambridge and trained in social work at the Universities of Chicago and Newcastle. She was a psychiatric social worker and relationship counsellor for several years before becoming a social work lecturer, first at the London School of Economics and then at Oxford University.

When she retired she took up fiction writing and completed the Guardian/University of East Anglia Certificate Course in Creative Writing. She began with short stories followed by a novel, Timed Out (Driven Press, 2016),  about an older woman who tries to turn her life around via Internet dating, and looks for a meaningful way to spend her retirement years.

Barbara Lorna Hudson lives beside the Thames in Oxford, and spends a lot of time eating and talking at Green Templeton College, where she is an Emeritus Fellow.

You can follow her on Twitter:   @barbaralhudson

It's a fact

Women find Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy the most romantic couple in fiction but men think it is Romeo and Juliet. However a majority of women under 35 prefer Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy.