Meet the Author
Barbara Townsend has had a lifelong love of writing. She is a published poet and author of several children's stories written for leading South African educational publishers.
She has taught creative writing to local children and students from Gabon, and has facilitated story writing with rural people in Niewoudtville.
Barbara's other love is little-known local history, and in 2010 her book Botrivier: The Story of a Village was published.
"Ida's Line is a delicately nuanced novel which covers generations. It treads the path of a young woman's awakening through turbulent times, not only for her but for the cruel/ beautiful/ complicated country that was South Africa in the 30s and 40s. The book is meticulously researched, yet in no way reads as if the author is trying to teach a lesson. And yet, we do learn lessons through reading it. We learn that some people are capable of growth, while others remain fixed in the resin of their time, specimens worthy of examination by historians when they examine the past and the effect it has had on our own time. We learn about struggling and, indeed, The Struggle, and we learn how kindness helps to mitigate harm. We learn that stories do not end at a happily-ever-after moment - they continue into the lives of the characters as they navigate complex relationships. We learn about language and how beautifully it can be used to immerse us in stories that feel so real, they might as well be happening to us."
- MAIRE FISHER author of Birdseye and The Enumerations
Christy Weyer Loedolff of Liberty Books (Grabouw)
had this to say:
An engaging and fluent family drama about loyalty and liberty, lineage and love.
The Nosy Rosy visited the first book launch, in Botrivier and shared her impressions here.