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NOONDAY

BARKER, PAT

ISBN 10: 0241146062 / ISBN 13: 9780241146064
Published by HAMISH HAMILTON 2015, 2015
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: NOONDAY

Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON 2015

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Noonday, Pat Barker - the Man Booker-winning author of the definitive WWI trilogy, Regeneration - turns for the first time to WWII. 'Afterwards, it was the horses she remembered, galloping towards them out of the orange-streaked darkness, their manes and tails on fire...' London, the Blitz, autumn 1940. As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals trying to save the lives of injured survivors, working alongside former friend Kit Neville, while her husband Paul works as an air-raid warden. Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art, before the First World War destroyed the hopes of their generation, they now find themselves caught in another war, this time at home. As the bombing intensifies, the constant risk of death makes all three of them reach out for quick consolation. Old loves and obsessions re-surface until Elinor is brought face to face with an almost impossible choice. Completing the story of Elinor Brooke, Paul Tarrant and Kit Neville, begun with Life Class and continued with Toby's Room, Noonday is both a stand-alone novel and the climax of a trilogy. Writing about the Second World War for the first time, Pat Barker brings the besieged and haunted city of London into electrifying life in her most powerful novel since the Regeneration trilogy. Praise for Pat Barker: "She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature." (Independent). "A brilliant stylist...Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation." (Sunday Telegraph). "You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world." (The Guardian). "Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human." (The Herald). Praise for Toby's Room: "Heart-rending, superb, forensically observant and stylistically sublime." (Independent). "Magnificent; I finished it eagerly, wanting to know

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Barker's command of detail and gift for metaphor are as sharp as ever: her evocation of the bombed city is terrific, and every night patrol is steeped in drama... As a tribute to those who dared and suffered on the home front, Noonday is in the first rank (Mail on Sunday)

Tremendously good (Daily Mail)

Bold, hard-hitting, unforgettable... a virtuoso rendition of the bombing, as huge swathes of London blaze away with the brightest of bright lights... Barker shows us how the city's finest moment was indubitably also its most terrifying, with luminous and unsparing insight (Independent on Sunday)

This is the first time the author of the Regeneration Trilogy has written about the Second World War and it's a triumph (Stylist)

Ambitious, vivid, sharp... she writes with precision about distinct effects on the senses - the "edge of darkness buzzing"... Barker's chronological leap is a sophisticated bridge between the drama of the present and the haunted history of the past... The closer you get to the end, the more lives need saving and the more thwarted and complicated the domestic backdrop (Daily Telegraph)

Colourfully alive, fizzes with energy... the novel's point of view swivel[s] like a torchbeam to illuminate London's devastated streets (Independent)

Many strokes of genius from Barker... accessible and moving (Sunday Times)

Powerful and vivid, with nuanced characters and Barker's unerring eye for detail

(Women and Home)

Noonday's Blitz-era setting gives Barker ample opportunity to do what she does best: intent descriptions of splayed limbs that are sometimes engaged in the act of love, occasionally the subjects of paintings or, more often, casualties of war (Spectator)

The book has its own inherent power thanks to Barker's skilful rendering of the texture of the period but it is richer and more rewarding if read with the other two volumes of this beautifully crafted trilogy (Daily Express)

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