Barry A. Whittingham
On graduating with a bachelor degree in French Language and Literature Barry stepped innocently into the world of work as a commercial supervisor for a brewery. But he soon realized that a career in beer wasn’t quite his cup of tea and left to train as a French teacher. After two years teaching he successfully applied to spend a year as an English teacher in a lycée as part of an official exchange scheme. It proved such a wonderful experience that he decided to make France his permanent home. And he’s never looked back. Barry has now retired from the English teaching and translation business he set up more than 40 years ago and divides his time between golf, gardening, foreign travel, 19th century French, English and American fiction … and, of course, creative writing. He lives with his French partner, Renée, in the mountains of the Jura region of Eastern France.