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Nicola Barker

UK flag (b.1966)

Nicola Barker was born in 1966 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and emigrated aged nine-with her sister and parents-to South Africa. She returned to England in 1981, with her mother. After completing a poor-quality university degree in philosophy and English (which she claims made her 'socially useless') she worked for many years in a bakery in Soho, a bookmaker's off Oxford Street, and then at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Sick Children in Hackney, where she spent much of her time sterilizing breast milk.
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1. Wide Open (1998)
2. Behindlings (2002)
3. Darkmans (2007)
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2000) : Wide Open
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2004) : Clear: A Transparent Novel
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2007) : Darkmans
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Yips