The Booker Prize-winning modern classic of contemporary war fiction from the Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls
Recommended by Richard Osman
'One of the few real masterpieces of late twentieth-century British fiction' Jonathan Coe
'Original, delicate and unforgettable' Independent
'A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians. Constantly surprising and formally superb' A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph
1917, Scotland. At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, army psychiatrist William Rivers treats shell-shocked soldiers before sending them back to the front. In his care are poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. . .
Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road follow the stories of these men until the last months of the war. Widely acclaimed and admired, Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy paints with moving detail the far-reaching consequences of a conflict which decimated a generation.
The Regeneration trilogy:
The Eye in the Door
The Ghost Road
Harrowing, original, delicate and unforgettable—Independent
A masterpiece . . . fiction of the highest order—Sunday Express
A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians. Constantly surprising and formally superb—A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph
One of the few real masterpieces of late twentieth-century British fiction—Jonathan Coe
One of the most distinguished works of contemporary fiction—Barry Unsworth
About the Author:
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. Thirty-five years later, she has 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.