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Pat Barker - Author

About the Author

Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991); which was made into a film of the same name; The Eye in the Door (1993), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision, Life Class and Toby’s Room. She lives in Durham.

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The Regeneration Trilogy Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road

The Regeneration Trilogy Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The Regeneration Trilogy is Pat Barker's sweeping masterpiece of British historical fiction. 1917, Scotland. At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, army psychiatrist William Rivers treats shell-shocked soldiers before sending them back to the front. In his care are poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper...

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Toby's Room

Toby's Room

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Toby's Room is the second novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, returning to the First World War in a dark, compelling examination of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Heart-rendering return to the Great War...On every level, Toby's Room anatomises a world where extreme emotion shatters the boundaries of identity, behaviour, gender. Through the mask of Apollo bursts an omnipresent Dionysus. (Independent). Once again Barker skilfully moves between past and present, seamlessly weaving fact and fiction into a gripping narrative. (Sunday Telegraph). A gripping and moving exploration of the lasting effects of war. (Woman & Home). A natural storyteller...the reader [will be] torn between wanting to linger over the sheer pleasure of the writing and the desire to rush towards the end to discover how it all pans out. (Daily Mail).

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Toby's Room

Toby's Room

Author: Pat Barker Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/08/2012

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2013. Pat Barker, Booker prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy returns to WWI in this dark, compelling novel of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor's fellow student Kit Neville was there in the fox-hole when Toby met his fate, but has secrets of his own to keep. Enlisting the help of former lover Paul Tarrant, Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Moving from the Slade School of Art to Queen Mary's Hospital, where surgery and art intersect in the rebuilding of the shattered faces of the wounded, Toby's Room is a riveting drama of identity, damage, intimacy and loss from the author of The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road . It is Pat Barker's most powerful novel yet. Praise for Pat Barker: A brilliant stylist...Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation . ( Sunday Telegraph ). Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human . ( The Herald ). Barker is brilliant on the conflicts between art, love and war . ( Marie Claire ). Barker writes ...with great tenderness and insight, and a daring to forgo simple resolutions . ( Independent on Sunday ). Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration , which was made into a film of the same name, The Eye in the Door , which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road , which won the Booker Prize. She is also the author of the more recent novels Another World , Border Crossing , Double Vision and, Life Class . She lives in Durham.

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Life Class

Life Class

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks' studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another. Amidst the devastation in Ypres, Paul comes to see the world anew - but have his experiences changed him completely?

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Other books by Pat Barker

Life Class

Life Class

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

From the Booker Prize-winning and Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls The first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed 'Life Class' trilogy - an unforgettable story of art and war, from one of our greatest writers on war and the human heart 'Triumphant, inspiring, shattering' The Times 'Barker writes as brilliantly as ever... With great tenderness and insight she conveys a wartime world turned upside down' Independent on Sunday 'Masterly, gripping' Penelope Lively 'Extraordinarily powerful' Sunday Telegraph Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks's studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another. Amidst the devastation in Ypres, Paul comes to see the world anew - but have his experiences changed him completely? The Life Class trilogy: Life Class Toby's Room Noonday

The Silence of the Girls Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

The Silence of the Girls Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of history's greatest epic 'Magnificent... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard 'Chilling, powerful, audacious... A searing twist on The Iliad. Amid the recent slew of rewritings of the great Greek myths and classics, Barker's stands out for its forcefulness of purpose and earthy compassion' The Times 'A stunning return to form' Observer When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men - but Briseis has a very different tale to tell . . .

Silence of the Girls

Silence of the Girls

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, read by Kristin Atherton and Michael Fox. From the Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war comes a re-imagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War. The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. But, though no one knows it yet, they are just ten weeks away from the death of Achilles and the Fall of Troy, an end to this long and bitter conflict. Briseis will see it all - and she will bear witness.

The Silence of the Girls Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

The Silence of the Girls Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2018

Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of history's greatest epic 'Magnificent... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard 'Chilling, powerful, audacious... A searing twist on The Iliad. Amid the recent slew of rewritings of the great Greek myths and classics, Barker's stands out for its forcefulness of purpose and earthy compassion' The Times 'A stunning return to form' Observer There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent - till now... Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story? Discover the greatest Greek myth of all - retold by the witness history forgot. 'Make[s] you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard Praise for Pat Barker: 'Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation' Sunday Telegraph 'She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature' Independent 'Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human' Herald 'You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world' Guardian

Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2017

Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2017

Regeneration (stage version)

Regeneration (stage version)

Author: Pat Barker Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

A powerful anthem for the youth of World War One that offers a compassionate look at war and its devastating effects. Adapted from Pat Barker's Booker Prize-nominated novel. Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoon's influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine. Produced to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, Regeneration opened at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in August 2014, before embarking on a national tour co-produced by Touring Consortium. Nicholas Wright's plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Mrs Klein, Travelling Light and Vincent In Brixton, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. His writing about the theatre includes Changing Stages: A View of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century, co-written with Richard Eyre. '[a] superb stage version of a work of genius... gutting and unmissable' - Independent 'shocking, tender and grimly funny... gently breaks your heart' - The Times 'deeply moving... [a] humane and enriching play' - Guardian

Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The devastating modern classic of contemporary war fiction from Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls Regeneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's Booker Prize-winning Regeneration trilogy - a powerfully moving portrait of the deep legacy of human trauma in the First World War 'Brilliant, intense and subtle' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'One of the strongest and most interesting novelists of her generation' Guardian 'Unforgettable' Sunday Telegraph Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker's Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men. The Regeneration trilogy: Regeneration The Eye in the Door The Ghost Road

The Regeneration Trilogy Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road

The Regeneration Trilogy Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The Regeneration Trilogy is Pat Barker's sweeping masterpiece of British historical fiction. 1917, Scotland. At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, army psychiatrist William Rivers treats shell-shocked soldiers before sending them back to the front. In his care are poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper...

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Tobys Zimmer

Tobys Zimmer

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

Was macht der Krieg mit der Kunst - und die Kunst mit dem Krieg?Elinor und Toby sind Schwester und Bruder, Freunde und engste Vertraute. Im Jahrhundertsommer 1912 verbringen sie eine Nacht gemeinsam in Tobys Zimmer. Ihr Geheimnis nimmt Elinor spter mit an die Slade School of Fine Art in London, wo sie Kunst studiert, whrend Toby im Royal Army Medical Corps in den Schtzengrben Frankreichs dient. 1917 wird Toby als Vermisst, vermutlich gefallen gemeldet. Elinor strzt in tiefe Trauer. Sie schliet sich als Assistentin dem Knstler und Chirurgen Henry Tonks an und beginnt, fr ihn die zerstrten Gesichter von Soldaten zeichnerisch zu dokumentieren. In Tonks' Umfeld erwartet sie Aufschluss ber Tobys Tod.

Toby's Room

Toby's Room

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Toby's Room is the second novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, returning to the First World War in a dark, compelling examination of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Heart-rendering return to the Great War...On every level, Toby's Room anatomises a world where extreme emotion shatters the boundaries of identity, behaviour, gender. Through the mask of Apollo bursts an omnipresent Dionysus. (Independent). Once again Barker skilfully moves between past and present, seamlessly weaving fact and fiction into a gripping narrative. (Sunday Telegraph). A gripping and moving exploration of the lasting effects of war. (Woman & Home). A natural storyteller...the reader [will be] torn between wanting to linger over the sheer pleasure of the writing and the desire to rush towards the end to discover how it all pans out. (Daily Mail).

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Life Class

Life Class

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks' studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another. Amidst the devastation in Ypres, Paul comes to see the world anew - but have his experiences changed him completely?

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Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

The devastating modern classic of contemporary war fiction from Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls Regeneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's Booker Prize-winning Regeneration trilogy - a powerfully moving portrait of the deep legacy of human trauma in the First World War 'Brilliant, intense and subtle' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'One of the strongest and most interesting novelists of her generation' Guardian 'Unforgettable' Sunday Telegraph Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker's Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men. The Regeneration trilogy: Regeneration The Eye in the Door The Ghost Road

The Ghost Road

The Ghost Road

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

The Booker Prize-winning final novel in Pat Barker's classic 'Regeneration' trilogy - from the acclaimed author of The Silence of the Girls 'An extraordinary tour de force. One of the few real masterpieces of late twentieth-century British fiction' Jonathan Coe 'Powerful, deeply moving... A triumph' Sunday Times 'Harrowing, original, unforgettable' Independent 1918, the closing months of the war. Army psychiatrist William Rivers is increasingly concerned for the men who have been in his care - particularly Billy Prior, who is about to return to combat in France with young poet Wilfred Owen. As Rivers tries to make sense of what, if anything, he has done to help these injured men, Prior and Owen await the final battles in a war that has decimated a generation. The Ghost Road is a vivid and unforgettable account of the devastating final months of the First World War. The Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration The Eye in the Door The Ghost Road

The Eye in the Door

The Eye in the Door

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

The masterful second novel in Pat Barker's classic 'Regeneration' trilogy - from the Booker Prize-winning and Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls WINNER OF THE 1993 GUARDIAN FICTION PRIZE 'Spellbinding and startlingly original' Sunday Telegraph 'Gripping, moving, profoundly intelligent' Independent on Sunday 'A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians' A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men - pacifists, objectors, homosexuals - conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sense of himself fragments and breaks down. Forced to consult the man who helped him before - army psychiatrist William Rivers - Prior must confront his inability to be the dutiful soldier his superiors wish him to be. The Eye in the Door is a heart-rending study of the contradictions of war and of those forced to live through it. The Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration The Eye in the Door The Ghost Road

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