Barbara Selby, CEng, MICE, BSc, was born in Bexhill-on-Sea the year tea rationing ended, Charlie Chaplin was refused entry to the United States, the Flowerpot Men and Sooty first appeared and The Mousetrap began its run.
She studied maths and more maths at school and has a degree in Civil Engineering from Leeds University. Her London club is the Institution of Civil Engineers in Great George Street. She always worked in local government, from Yorkshire to Wales to Bath and finally London but now is retired.
Barbara, intrigued by family pictures, goes on a quest to discover more about the painter, reputed to have been a civil war artist with the Union Army. In To Breathe More Freely: The Journey to America she uncovers a tale of the emigration of an entire family to America in the nineteenth century, and traces whether their hopes were fulfilled in the new world.
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