Nicola Barker’s ribald and outrageous peep show of a novel is a caustic examination of the circus surrounding an illusionist’s starvation stunt.
Nicola Barker was named as one of the 20 Best Young British Novelists by Granta in 2005. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages.
She has written numerous novels and collection of short stories. Her first novel Reversed Forecast (19940 was followed by Small Holdings (1995). Her third novel Wide Open (1998) won the IMPAC Prize. Clear was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2004 and Darkmans, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2007, the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award and won the Hawthornden Prize for 2008. More recently, Barker’s work The Yips was longlisted for The Booker Prize 2012.