Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. There is also mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper.
Rivers’s job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients’ minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker’s Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men.
About the Author
Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing, she sent her fiction out. She has now published sixteen novels. These include her masterful Regeneration Trilogy. She was awarded CBE for services to literature, and won the UK’s highest literary honour, the Booker Prize.
Her last novel, The Silence of the Girls, began the story of Briseis, the forgotten woman at the heart of one of the most famous war epics ever told. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize. It won an Independent Bookshop Award 2019. The Women of Troy continues that story. Pat Barker lives in Durham.
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