Pat Barker was born in Teesside in 1943. Her father was killed in action during the Second World War, and she was bought up mainly by her grandmother. In 1983 she was named as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, and what follows here is an extract from her second novel, Blow You…
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