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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
Regeneration Trilogy
   1. Regeneration (1991)
   2. The Eye in the Door (1993)
   3. The Ghost Road (1995)
Brooke Family
   1. Life Class (2007)
   2. Toby's Room (2012)
   3. Noonday (2015)
   1. The Silence of the Girls (2018)
   2. The Women of Troy (2021)
   3. The Voyage Home (2024)
   Union Street (1982)
   Blow Your House Down (1984)
   Liza's England (1986)
     aka The Century's Daughter
   The Man Who Wasn't There (1989)
   Another World (1998)
   Border Crossing (2001)
   Double Vision (2003)
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
A Spell of Good Things (2023)
Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
"A moving story, skillfully told, about Eniola, a boy whose future has been snatched away from him, and Wuraola, a talented, overworked junior doctor, whose intertwined narratives combine to produce an insightful portrait of an unequal and deeply divided society moving towards a terrible crisis. A Spell of Good Things is both gripping and memorable."
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."
Male Tears (2021)
Benjamin Myers
"Powerful, visceral writing."
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."
The Telling (1998)
Miranda Seymour
"One of the most skillful depictions of the power of evil I have read for a long time."

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