Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her 40s, after taking a short writing course taught by Angela Carter.

She has now published 16 novels, including her masterful Regeneration trilogy, and has been made a CBE for services to literature. Her 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, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize, and won the Independent Bookshop Award 2019. The Women of Troy continues that story.

Pat Barker
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