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Toby's Room (Hardback)
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Toby's Room (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 16/08/2012
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In "Toby's Room", Pat Barker revisits the First World War and the characters introduced in "Life Class". When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Moving from the Slade School of Art to Queen Mary's Hospital, where surgery and art intersect in the rebuilding of the shattered faces of the wounded, "Toby's Room" is a riveting drama of identity, damage, intimacy and loss. "Toby's Room" is Pat Barker's most powerful novel yet. "Heart-rendering return to the Great War...On every level, "Toby's Room" anatomises a world where extreme emotion shatters the boundaries of identity, behaviour, gender. Through the mask of Apollo bursts an omnipresent Dionysus". ("Independent"). "Once again Barker skilfully moves between past and present, seamlessly weaving fact and fiction into a gripping narrative". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "A gripping and moving exploration of the lasting effects of war". ("Woman & Home"). "A natural storyteller ...the reader [will be] torn between wanting to linger over the sheer pleasure of the writing and the desire to rush towards the end to discover how it all pans out". ("Daily Mail"). Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, which has been filmed, "The Eye in the Door", which won the "Guardian" Fiction Prize, and "The Ghost Road", which won the Booker Prize. The trilogy featured in the "Observer's 2012" list of the ten best historical novels. She is also the author of the more recent novels "Another World", "Border Crossing", "Double Vision", "Life Class", and "Toby's Room". She lives in Durham.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241144572

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