Barker shines amid the ruins of war

Toby's Room by Pat Barker. Hamish Hamilton, €16.35. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

18th August, 2012
Pat Barker: moves effortlessly between her characters' different worlds.

Toby's Room by Pat Barker


There's something about the First World War that keeps catching hold of modern storytellers, and it's not hard to see why. From Sebastian Faulks and Louisa Young to Julian Fellowes, writers can't resist writing their own anthems for doomed youth, tales of tragic young lions (preferably writers and artists) led by donkeys into the hell of the first truly modern battleground.

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