Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing, she sent her fiction out. She has now published sixteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won the UK's highest literary honour, the Booker Prize. Her last novel, The Silence of the Girls, began the story of Briseis, the forgotten woman at the heart of one of the most famous war epics ever told. It was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize, and won an Independent Bookshop Award 2019. The Women of Troy continues that story. Pat Barker lives in Durham.
In a novel filled with names from legend, Briseis stands tall as
a heroine: brave, smart and loyal.
Barker's latest is a wonder.
adventure set amid a
As a novelist, Barker has
always looked on the world with
the combination of a cold eye and
a sympathetic understanding.
Her characterisation is sharp,
her sympathy deep. She extends
it even to the often brutal men.
Her overall achievement
is to have taken one of the great
myths of European history,
something that has permeated
Western culture for 3,000 years,
and made something new and
immediate of it. * i *
I'd still rather
read Barker's take on the gruesome
realities and costs of war - ancient
or modern - than any other novelist
out there. * The Daily Telegraph *
Merciless, stripped of
consoling beauty, impressively bleak.