Penguin paperback edition of this novel which received universal acclaim in Viking hardback; "A tremendous piece of writing, sad and terrifying. It keeps you reading, exhausted and blurry-eyed until 2 a.m." "Independent On Sunday". "A brilliant stylist - Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation" "Sunday Telegraph". A TV adaptation of the book, by Jimmy McGovern, is due to be broadcast in the Spring, which will no doubt give a fillip to sales.
Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing and exploring the lives of working class women, she sent her fiction out to publishers. Thirty-five years later, she has published fifteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the UK's highest literary honour, the Booker Prize. She lives in Durham and her new novel, The Silence of the Girls, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in August 2018.