Pat Barker(1943-), Novelist
Patricia Margaret ('Pat') Barker
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Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, Barker studied at the London School of Economics and Durham University and began to write in her mid-twenties. Her first two novels described the lives of working class women; Union Street (1982), which won the Fawcett Prize and Blow Your House Down (1984). Her trilogy of novels about the First World War was partly inspired by her grandfather's experiences fighting in the trenches. Regeneration (1991) was made into a film in 1997, The Eye in the Door (1993), won the Guardian Fiction Prize and The Ghost Road (1995), won the Booker Prize for Fiction. Barker was awarded a CBE in 2000.