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Nicola Barker was born in Ely in 1966 and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. She lives and works in east London. She was the winner of the David Higham Prize for Fiction and joint winner of the Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Love Your Enemies, her first collection of stories (1993). Her first novel Reversed Forecast was published in 1994 and a short novel Small Holdings followed in 1995. A second collection of short stories Heading Inland, for which Nicola received an Arts Council Writers' Award, and received the 1997 John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. Her story 'Symbiosis' was filmed and broadcast on BBC2; another story, 'Dual Balls', was commissioned for broadcast on Channel 4 and shortlisted for a BAFTA Award. Her third novel Wide Open was published in 1998, and won the English-speaking world's biggest literary award for a single work, the IMPAC Prize. In 2000 she published another short novel, Five Miles from Outer Hope. Her fifth novel, Behindlings, was published in 2002 and the following novel, Clear, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2004. Her most recent novel, Darkmans, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2007. She is one of Granta's 'Best Young British Novelists' of the decade.

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If you like Nicola Barker you might also like to read books by Susan Elderkin, Toby Litt and Rachel Cusk.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Nicola Barker

The Yips by Nicola Barker
The Yips
Nicola Barker
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. The hilarious new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Darkmans, Nicola Barker. Nicola Barker's The Yips is at once a historical novel of the pre-Twitter moment, the filthiest state-of-the-nation novel since Martin...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/07/2012
Darkmans by Nicola Barker
Darkmans
Nicola Barker
Delightful and quirky characters interconnect in this story set in a mediocre south east town, but nothing is mediocre about the plots or relationships in this delightful novel.The longest of this years Shortlist but worth the effort.
Format: Trade Paperback - Released: 13/09/2007
Clear by Nicola Barker
Clear
Nicola Barker
A 2003 Granta Best of British and multi-prize winning author, you’ve got to try her. Unusual, manic, incident-packed and highly original, it’s like being on a mix of amphetamine and booze, great fun. The subject matter is pretty sensational too...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2005

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