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Blow Your House Down

Pat Barker

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Written by the author of "Union Street", "The Century's Daughter" and "The Man Who Wasn't There", this is a story about a killer who is roaming the streets of a northern city, setting off a wave of terror.

A city and its people are in the grip of a killer who is roaming the northern city, singling out prostitutes. The face of his latest victim stares out from every newspaper and billboard, haunting the women who walk the streets. But life and work go on. Brenda, with three children, can't afford to give up while Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on 'working the cars'. And then, when another women is savagely murdered, Jean, her lover, takes desperate measures.

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Praise for Blow Your House Down

  • 'Barker's creative vision is as in touch with the psychologically primordial as Melville's' HARPER'S 'Swift, spare, and utterly absorbing . [Barker] makes us see her characters from within, as they see themselves, and thereby reveals the full individuality and humanity of women who have got short shrift both in literature and in life' NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome' NOVA

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Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in 1943. She was chosen in 1983 as one of the twenty 'Best of Young British' novelists and won the Booker Prize with The Ghost Road in 1995. In 2000, she received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her contribution to the literary world. Her work focuses on survival, tragedy and hope. She lives in Durham.

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