Who Is Dr David Barkhouse?
- What inspired you to write a book?
My grandparents who had amazing lives but very hard. They were not documented but should have been.
- Who is your favourite author and why?
Somerset Maughan. He was a fine novelist and playwright. He was also a spy in WW1, and polyglot and a member of the English upper middle class all of which I’d like to have been. He was a doctor who struggled with his own personal demons and took refuge in France where the French ‘laisse faire’ attitude to being gay was more conducive to his personal happiness.
- What is your favourite food?
Anything my wife cooks. She is a wonderful cook, knows my favourite meals and is never afraid to experiment.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read, walk my little King Charles/Cocker Spaniel ‘Charlie’, garden and play golf badly with my old mate Martin. We don’t score, just enjoy the fresh air and camaraderie.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A doctor- I am, so I succeeded there.
- What do you think makes a good story?
A sense of humour.
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?
How good my memory was. The more I wrote the more I remembered, but I do wish I’d kept a diary.
- When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
I used to write little anecdotes for The Australian Doctor. When I retired I felt an obligation to write a letter for my children and grandkids and it grew from there.
- How long does it take you write a book?
About three months.
- Can you share with us what your next book will be about?
The behaviour of doctors away from home on conferences. Why I remember one professor of General Practice………..No it’ll have to wait until after he’s dead. It’s a theme pursued by David Lodge another fine British novelist (and ex professor).