* an early work by the winner of the 1995 Booker Prize
Vivid, bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape; Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.
Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome?
Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome'