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Pat Barker

UK flag (b.1943)

Pat Barker is one of England's most important contemporary novelists. Union Street, her first novel, was published by Virago in 1982 to huge critical acclaim. Barker won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1993 and the Booker Prize in 1995. She lives in Durham.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction

Non fiction
   War Talk (2005)
Guardian Fiction Prize Best Novel winner (1993) : The Eye in the Door
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1995) : The Ghost Road
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1995) : The Ghost Road
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2013) : Toby's Room
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Silence of the Girls
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2019) : The Silence of the Girls
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker recommends
The Telling (1998)
Miranda Seymour
"One of the most skillful depictions of the power of evil I have read for a long time."
The Porpoise (2019)
Mark Haddon
"Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written... The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller, but combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess."
Male Tears (2021)
Benjamin Myers
"Powerful, visceral writing."
When We Were Birds (2022)
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
"Combining the richness of myth with razor-sharp observation of contemporary life, When We Were Birds marks the emergence of a distinctive and powerful voice."

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