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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.

Featured books by Pat Barker

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

A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century 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 Ghost Road

The Ghost Road

Author: Pat Barker Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/09/2017

Regeneration

Regeneration

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

Regeneration

Regeneration

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

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

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.

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

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

Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

When Siegfried Sassoon publicly proclaims that the war is being needlessly prolonged, the authorities declare him mentally unsound and send him to Doctor Rivers at Craiglockhart war hospital, where he is charged with making Sassoon 'see sense and return to the front'. Whilst in his care Sassoon meets a young and timid poet, Wilfred Owen, and a working class officer named Prior who, through shock or possibly choice, has lost the ability to speak.

Border Crossing

Border Crossing

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2007

Set in the north of England, Pat Barker's Border Crossing portrays a child psychiatrist who rescues a man from drowning one day while walking on a beach in Northumberland. Uncannily, he recognizes the man; it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence. Since the trial, he has reconsidered that evidence and found it lacking. Now he confronts the man whose altered fate may be his responsibility.Now a Major Motion Picture

Regeneration

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2006

The first in a stunning trilogy about the First World War, the novel takes a real life encounter between a doctor running a hospital for the wounded, and Siegfried Sassoon.Craiglockhart, a hospital for officers ravaged by their experiences in trench warfare, is the setting for Pat Barker's 'Regeneration'. Here the poet Siegfried Sassoon, author of an article condemning the war, came under the care of psychiatrist W.H.R Rivers whose duty, as he saw it, was to return Sassoon to all the horrors of the Front, because Sassoon was sane, was healthy - and he had made a commitment. But while the encounter of Sassoon and Rivers is central to 'Regeneration', it is the exploration of the character of Rivers himself, the agony of the other patients and the insights into their minds, that makes this a tour-de-force. A superb novel related with chilling clarity and vivid compassion.

Eye in the Door

Eye in the Door

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2006

The second book in the Regeneration trilogy, read by Paul McGann.Written with immense power, it is the story not just of one young man suffering from the trauma of war, but from a generation, condemned to the unending slaughter of the trenches, and all the charged agony of class and gender that had its own bitter harvest. But for all the pain she portrays, Barker's novel, with its wry humour and exquisite observation, explodes with life..

Ghost Road

Ghost Road

Author: Pat Barker Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2006

The third title in the Regeneration trilogy, read by Paul McGann.1918, and Billy Prior is in France once again, a real test case for the 'shell-shock' therapies practised at Craiglockhart War Hospital where, with Wilfred Owen, he was a patient. Prior experiences a late-summer idyll, some days of perfect beauty, before the final battles in a war that has destroyed most of his generation. In London, Prior's psychologist, William Rivers, tends to his new patients, more young men whose lives and minds have been shattered. And remembers the primitive society on Eddystone Island where he studied as an anthropologist before the war. Gathering together both experiences, he sees the gulf between them narrow... Challenging and harrowing, brilliantly incisive yet always compassionate, Pat Barker's Booker Prize winning novel is magnificent listening.

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