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Life Class is the first novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, a powerful and unforgettable story of art and war.

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Life Class by Pat Barker

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?


Sharply written and elegantly constructed...breathtaking Guardian A compelling read Literary Review Thoughtful, ambiguous and powerful Sunday Telegraph

Triumphant, shattering, inspiring . (The Times).

Barker writes as brilliantly as ever ...with great tenderness and insight she conveys a wartime world turned upside down . (Independent on Sunday).

Vigorous, masterly, gripping . (Penelope Lively, Independent).

Extraordinarily powerful . (Sunday Telegraph).

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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Publication date

7th August 2008


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Penguin Books Ltd


256 pages


Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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