Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.5 × 6.4 × 1.05 in
Published: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0241144574
ISBN - 13: 9780241144572
Read from the Book
1 Elinor arrived home at four o’clock on Friday and went straight to her room. She hung the red dress on the wardrobe door, glancing at it from time to time as she brushed her hair. That neckline seemed to be getting lower by the minute. In the end her nerve failed her. She hunted out her pink dress, the one she used to wear for dancing classes at school, put it on, and stood in front of the cheval mirror. She turned her head from side to side, her hands smoothing down the creases that had gathered round the waist. Oh dear. No, no, she couldn’t do it, not this time, not ever again. She wriggled out of it and threw it to the back of the wardrobe. Out of the window would have been more satisfying, but her father and brother-in-law were sitting on the terrace. She pulled the red dress over her head, tugged the neckline up as far as it would go, and went reluctantly downstairs. Father met her in the hall and hugged her as if he hadn’t seen her for a year. Outside the living room, she hesitated, but there was no point wearing a red dress and then creeping along the skirting boards like a mouse, so she flung the door open and swept in. She kissed Rachel, waved at Rachel’s husband, Tim, who was at the far side of the room talking to her mother, and then looked around for Toby, but he wasn’t there. Perhaps he wasn’t coming after all, though he’d said he would. The prospect of his absence darkened the whole evening; she wasn’t sure she c
From the Publisher
Pat Barker returns to the First World War in Toby''s Room, a dark, compelling novel of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. 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. 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 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 Durham.
About the Author
Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991); which was made into a film of the same name; The Eye in the Door (1993), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision and Life Class. She lives in Durham.
Praise for Toby''s Room : " Barker...has pursued [World War I] through a remarkable series of novels: the much-admired "Regeneration" trilogy... Life Class and now Toby''s Room .... [T]hese novels go far beyond a demonstration of the powers of the historical imagination. Like most good works of fiction, they’re not so much about the events they depict as about the resonance of those events, the way certain actions ripple through people’s lives.... Toby''s Room takes large risks. It’s dark, painful and indelibly grotesque, yet it is also tender. It strains its own narrative control to create in the midst of an ordinary life a kind of deformed reality—precisely to illustrate how everything we call ‘ordinary’ is disfigured by war. And it succeeds brilliantly."— John Vernon, New York Times Book Review "[T]he writing is lucid and often beautiful."—Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly "A tantalizing and moving return to wartime London."—Joanna Scutts, Washington Post "You get a glimpse inside Toby’s room in Pat Barker’s poignant novel of the same name, but what you remember are three real and very different English landmarks — the Slade, London’s prestigious art academy; Cafe Royal, frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf; and the Queen’s Hospital, opened in 1917 to serve injured British soldiers in need of facial reconstruction.... No one evokes England in all