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Barker, Pat (1943-)

Pat Barker is an English writer and novelist who is the recipient of many awards. The British Council notes that her work 'never makes for comfortable reading'. Her topics range with an "unflinching eye" over often taboo subjects. Her "obsession" with World War One has resulted in some of most acclaimed work, including the remarkable Regeneration Trilogy.

Library Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search for Pat Barker to get quickly to the resources you will find on our shelves.

On the shelves


Short story collection

  • 'Finished with the war' in Faulks, S, Hensgen, J (2005), War stories, pages 91-99.

Study notes



Web Resources

Online study notes

Book reviews

Another world

  • Walter, Natasha 1998, 'Geordie goes to hell' in The Guardian
  • Unsworth, Barry 1999, 'Haunted house: Pat Barker's novel about a family struggling to survive in northern England recalls memories of the Great War in 'The New York Times'. This review includes links to: An Interview with Pat Barker, Resources on Pat Barker, and the first chapter of "Another World

Blow your house down

Border crossing

  • Eder, Richard 2001, 'Shades of gray' in The New York Times. This review includes links to: Audio: Pat Barker reads from 'Border crossing', resources on Pat Barker, and the first chapter of 'Border crossing'.
  • Vincent David 2001, 'The Evil that lurks in all of us' in The Guardian

Double vision

The Eye in the door

The Ghost road

Life Class

The Man who wasn't there


Regeneration [Books 1, 2 & 3 collectively reviewed]

Toby's room


Web resources

  • BBC World Service - World Book Club. 2014, Pat Barker. 'This month World Book Club is in a reflective mood as we mark the beginning of the centenary commemorations for World War One by inviting mufti-award-winning British writer Pat Barker on to the programme.(55:00)
  • Guardian: Edinburgh Book Festival podcast. Pat Barker talks to Professor John Mullan (28:04)
  • Mullan, John, 2012, 'Pat Barker: Regeneration - John Mullan on real people,'The Guardian,  25 August.  John Mullan, Professor of English at University College, London asks, Why put real people in a novel?
  • Radio National: Classic LNL Pat Barker with Philip Adams, 2001, Booker prize winning novelist talks about her life and her work (54:36)
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
  • World of Pat Barker, novelist. 'The novelist talks to Jessica Salter about her daily routine, characters in her books and being unplanned' in The Telegraph