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The Ghost Road

Series: 3 The regeneration trilogy

by Pat Barker

Category: Fiction / A - C
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 July 1996
Number of pages: 288
Prizes: Winner of Bookseller's Association Author of the Year Award 1996.
Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1995.

A fiction novel that explores war.

Booker Prize Winner in 1995. August 1918, and Lieutenant Billy Prior stops en route to the trenches to meet William Rivers, the psychiatrist who helped him overcome shellshock earlier during the 'war to end wars'. Prior, a working class bisexual who moves between male and female lovers, between social classes, and between the mutually incomprehensible worlds of civilian life and the Front, is a completely fictional creation. But Rivers was a real army doctor who treated several famous patients at his Craiglockhart clinic, notably war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It is a measure of Barker's remarkable skill as a novelist that both characters - and all the others in a book crowded with humanity - are completely believable. The Ghost Road completes the examination of the Great War she began in Regeneration and continued in The Eye in the Door, and ties together many themes of the earlier two books - the link between concepts of masculinity and war, the meaning of class and gender, the ultimate source of personal identity - in a gripping, detailed, eventful story told with tenderness and wisdom. On its own The Ghost Road would be a wonderful novel. The trilogy represents a remarkable and original fictional achievement which sets Pat Barker head and shoulders above her contemporaries. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
An extraordinary tour de force. I'm convinced that the trilogy will win recognition as one of the few real masterpieces of late 20th-century British fiction Jonathan Coe

Author's Biography:
Pat Barker was born in 1943 and educated at LSE. She has published several novels including her highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy. The Eye in the Door was winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, winner of the 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction. Pat Barker is married and lives in Durham.

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