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Union Street

Pat Barker

4 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

* 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.

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Praise for Union Street

  • Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome?

  • Nova

  • Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times '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 is one of England's most important contemporary novelists. Union St, her first novel, was published by Virago in 1982 to huge critical acclaim. Barker won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1993 and the Booker Prize in 1995. She lives in Durham.

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