Room, Pat Barker revisits the First World War
and the characters introduced in Life Class
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. Toby's Room 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'
'Once again Barker skilfully moves between past and present,
seamlessly weaving fact and fiction into a gripping narrative'
'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'
Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly
acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising
Regeneration, which has been filmed, The Eye in the
Door, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost
Road, which won the Booker Prize. The trilogy featured in the
Observer's 2012 list of the ten best historical novels.
She is also the author of the more recent novels Another
World, Border Crossing, Double Vision,
Life Class, and Toby's Room. She lives in