Lawrence’s cousin in town

Author Barbara Unkovic with her latest novel 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'.
Author Barbara Unkovic with her latest novel 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'.

The cousin of DH Lawrence launched her latest book in Eastwood this week as part of the literary festival celebrating his life and works.

Multi award-winning author Barbara Unkovic unveiled her fourth novel ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre on Wednesday.

Following in the footsteps of her third cousin, DH Lawrence himself, Barbara shared some readings from all four of hernovels including ‘Lady Chatterley’s Enemy’ which explores her connections to the controversial author.

Barbara, who is originally from New Zealand, said that she was excited to be visiting the festival as it was her first time in the UK and a fitting place to be launching her new non-fiction novel.

She told the Advertiser: “This is quite a special experience for me.

“I feel as if I have a lot in common with DH Lawrence: his writing is bold, distinctive, and he doesn’t hold back.”

Barbara explained that although she has always known about her connection to the Lawrence family, this was her first opportunity to see where her ancestors were born and grew up.

She added: “I am here all week so I’m going to go to as much of the DH Lawrence Festival as possible and really explore Eastwood.

“I am also hoping that the book launch will put me in contact with some more relatives.”

Her husband Denis joined her on her trip but she admitted that he had only come along for the pork pies.

He latest book -‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ - is her second novel looking at her experience of living in Croatia where her father’s family originates and it exposes the reality behind the tourist facade.

She said: “They are slices of my life which paint a very vivid picture of the island of Korcula.

“It is a place full of volatile inhabitants - it’s a troubled place.”

As she originally trained as a chef, Barbara is currently compiling a recipe book called ‘The Adriatic Kitchen’ which uses ingredients found on Korcula.

Barbara has won the Writers Bill Board Flash Fiction Competition four times in a row and this latest novel made it to the finals of the travel/essay category at the International Book Awards.