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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986493
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.00

Life Class




The breathtaking novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy.

In the Spring of 1914 a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but when Kit Neville - himself not long out of the Slade but already a well-known painter - makes it clear that he, too, is attracted to Elinor, Paul withdraws into a passionate affair with an artist's model. As spring turns to summer, Paul and Elinor each reach a crisis in their relationships until finally, in the first few days of war, they turn to each other.

Paul's new life as a volunteer for the Belgian Red Cross is a world away from his days at the Slade. The longer he remains in Ypres, the greater the distance between himself and home becomes, and by the time he returns, Paul must confront the fact that life, and love, will never be the same again.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986493
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991), The Eye in the Door (1993) and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Border Crossing and Double Vision. She lives in Durham.

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Praise for Life Class

“Barker writes as brilliantly as ever . . . with great tenderness and insight she conveys a wartime world turned upside down”

Independent on Sunday

“Barker is excellent at conveying the immediacy of sensory experience”

Daily Telegraph

“Breathtaking, sharply written”

Guardian

“Vigorous, masterly, gripping”

Penelope Lively, Independent

“Extraordinarily powerful”

Sunday Telegraph


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