After writing and editing medical books for many years, I recently turned to fiction. So far I've published six short novels, with elements of mystery, romance and black comedy. I come from England, where I worked as a medical doctor specialising in psycho-oncology, until in 2000 I moved with my husband and cats to New Zealand and developed a new career as a Bach flower practitioner, life coach and writer. My other interests are choral singing and animal welfare.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I always feel 'in the flow' while I'm writing - totally absorbed in the process. I've also learned a lot about different subjects through researching my books.
What do your fans mean to you?
Though I do love writing for its own sake, it's really important to me to know that other people have read my work and benefited in some way from it.
These novellas are set in England and New Zealand. Each is self-contained and can be read separately. The first two, "Carmen's Roses" and "Blue Moon for Bombers" appear to be independent but the third "The Windflower Vibration" shows how they are linked.
Family secrets and a long-ago crime. Hilda is a reclusive single woman who lives on the North Kent marshes with her rescue cats. She has a visit from a young woman who claims to be the "love child" of Hilda’s father who recently died. The shocking truth about her parent's marriage, her father’s past and her mother’s death is revealed as this gentle family story develops into something darker.
Part 1 of this short memoir describes the series of medical and surgical emergencies that affected Jennifer’s family, starting with her husband’s heart attack. Part 2 contains reflections based on her professional experience as a doctor, and personal perspective as a relative and patient.
Lucia goes to stay at an isolated healing retreat in the hope of recovering from a recent illness, but finds herself suspected of poisoning the hostess. Reluctantly taking on the role of detective, with the help of the local doctor she succeeds in uncovering the true course of events. Set in 1980s England, this traditional-style mystery is a light read which includes some medical themes.
Camilla, a kindhearted but not fully competent young doctor, works in a psychiatric hospital in southern England. Having fallen under the spell of an enigmatic senior colleague, she is struggling to combine the demands of her job with pursuit of their illicit affair. After one of the patients in her therapy group takes a fatal overdose, Camilla gets involved in some tragicomic misadventures.
Is the death of a man on an Auckland beach due to natural causes hastened by medical malpractice? Or is it one strand in a complex web of events spread over two hemispheres and two centuries? Georgina, whose life has seemed empty following the death of her husband, sets out to unravel these mysteries and by the end of her quest has found a new purpose.
A novella set in England 2007, with flashbacks to the 1940s, written by a former medical doctor. The story of a man coming to terms with his wartime trauma as he nears the end of life is interwoven with a modern-day romance. This is the second book in Jennifer Barraclough's trilogy of 'Three Novellas', available separately or as a box set.
Iris is leaving the English winter to take a holiday in the New Zealand sunshine, with the intention of completing her recovery from a serious illness and making amends for a shameful episode in her past. But the shock of a sudden death, the shadow of an old love affair, and the onset of ominous new symptoms threaten to destroy her hopes of happiness and healing.
An outline of the holistic healing approach, written for both general readers and healthcare professionals. Describes how changes to lifestyle and mindset, practice of self-help techniques, and use of complementary therapies can assist coping and recovery from illness. Includes practical guidance, references and case histories. The author has worked as both orthodox doctor and natural therapist.
This guide to the 'mind-body-spirit' approach to healing, and overview of the principles of natural therapies, will be of special interest to readers living with long-term medical problems. The author has practiced both as an orthodox doctor and as a holistic healer. Real-life case histories illustrate the text.
Were you born with a spiritual purpose? Do you have free will to choose your path through life? How can you best find happiness and fulfillment? This book does not claim to answer these questions, but gives a practical framework for exploring them. The text is illustrated by many true life stories, drawn from interviews and correspondence with about 40 people from New Zealand and the UK.
Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones
on June 02, 2013
Jean Hendy-Harris was born in 1940 in Gravesend, a small town in the south of England. Growing up in a poor and dysfunctional family during the Second World War brought many hardships and traumas, but this fascinating book is no ‘misery memoir’. Writing with fluency and verve, she gives vivid descriptions of a time long since passed into history: sheltering from the bombing raids, exploring the abandoned chalk quarries, hop-picking in the summer, and very much more. The book ends with Jean, now a young woman, moving to London to start a new life. Her story is shocking in parts, but always absorbing, and I hope there will soon be a sequel.