[1943 - ]
In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the
Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant
is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but
watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World
War I begins, Paul tends to the dying soldiers from the front line as a
Belgian Red Cross volunteer, but the longer he remains, the greater the
distance between him and home becomes. By the time he returns, Paul must
confront not only the overwhelming, perhaps impossible challenge of how to
express all that he has seen and experienced, but also the fact that life,
and love, will never be the same for him again.
In the aftermath of covering 9/11, English war
reporter Stephen Sharkey and photographer Ben Frobisher leave New York and
part company. Stephen returns to the devastating discovery of the end of
his marriage; while on assignment in Afghanistan Ben is killed. Retreating
to the English countryside to write a book questioning the role of the war
reporter and photographer Stephen enters into complicated relationships
with Benís widow Kate, a sculptor, her disturbing and sinister young
studio assistant, and a young au-pair. Set far from the literal theatre of
war, Double Vision is nonetheless a novel about its representation
and effects as Pat Barker once more lays bare the complexities of desire
Out walking with his wife, Lauren, beside the river Tyne,
Tom Seymour instinctively risks his life to save a young man who they
happen to notice just before he jumps into the icy current. Tom's
spontaneous act saves the life of someone whose past, as well as his
future, he feels a sense of responsibility towards. Recently released from
prison, and living under an assumed name, Danny Miller was tried for
murder as a ten-year-old on the basis of Tom's testimony, and assessment
of him as a psychologist and an expert witness. When Danny asks Tom to
help him sort out his lifeóbeginning with his pastóTom is drawn into a
lonely, soul-searching reinvestigation of the child murderer's case.
Plagued by nightmarish memories of the trenches where he saw his brother
die, Nick's grandfather Gordie lays dying as Nick struggles to keep the
peace in his increasingly fractious home. As Nick's suburban family loses
control over their world, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried
secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the
present. As a study of the power of memory and loss, Another World
conveys with extraordinary intensity the ways in which the violent past
returns to haunt and distort the present.
The Man Who Wasn't There
Twelve-year-old Colin knows little about his father except that he must have
fought in the war. His mother, totally absorbed by the nightclub where she
works, says nothing about him, and Colin turns to films for images of what
his father might have been. Weaving in and out of Colin's real life, his
imagined film explores issues of loyalty and betrayal and searches for the
answer to the question 'What is a man?'
The Century's Daughter
Also known as Liza's England
Liza Garrett is the first child in town born in the
twentieth century--whose life in many ways mirrors the turmoils of England
itself. The tough, severe, but very real and recognizable world of women
is put to the most strenuous tests, and Liza, at eighty-four, is proof
that loyalty, fortitude and humor survive.
Blow Your House Down
A city and its people are in the terrifying grip of
a killer. Singling out prostitutes, the face of his latest victim stares
out of every newspaper, haunting the women who walk the streets. But life
and work go on. Brenda, mother of three, canĻt afford to give up, while
Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on "working the cars." And
then, when another woman is savagely murdered, her lover Jean takes
'Vivid, bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's
first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the
harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's
Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape;
Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty,
not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending
death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And
linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is
fiery, indomitable Iris.
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, where 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'
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. "Regeneration" is the classic
exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men.
The first book in the "Regeneration" trilogy.
The Eye in the Door
(1993) -- Winner 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize
This prize winning sequel to the author's acclaimed
masterpiece of antiwar literature, Regeneration, "calls to mind . . .
Fitzgerald" (Boston Globe) and
stands on its own as an eloquently and morally complex novel of the brutal
effects of World War I on the human psyche and British society as a whole.
The final novel in a World War I trilogy focuses on
compassionate psychiatrist Dr. William Rivers and Lieutenant Billy Prior as
they both try to heal and cope with the trauma the war has inflicted upon them
and the soldiers around them.
The Ghost Road
(1995) -- Winner 1995
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