Toby's Room (Paperback)
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Toby's Room (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 07/02/2013
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Toby's Room is the second novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, returning to the First World War in a dark, compelling examination of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. 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 - this 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). Other titles in the trilogy: Life, Class, Noonday.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141042206

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Hardback edition
25th February 2013
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“Another great read from Pat Barker”

Toby’s Room is the second in Pat Barker’s trilogy (the first one was Life Class). Some of the characters from the first book are re-introduced in this new book. I had previously read Life Class, although several years... More

Paperback edition
25th August 2012
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“A bit disappointing”

I found the plot of this book fairly interesting but found it hard to engage with the story as the characters are so unsympathetic that it's hard to care what happens to them.

Paperback edition
17th March 2013
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