A new novel from the Booker Prize-winning Pat Barker, author of the Regeneration trilogy, that unforgettably portrays London during the Blitz and reaffirms her place as a top-ranked British novelist London, the Blitz, Autumn 1940. As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals in order to save the lives of injured survivors. She works alongside former friend Kit Neville while her husband, Paul Tarrant, 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 reach out for quick consolation. And into their midst comes the spirit medium Bertha Mason, grotesque and unforgettable, whose ability to make contact with the deceased finds vastly increased demand as death rains down from the skies. Old loves and obsessions resurface until Elinor is brought face-to-face with an almost impossible choice. Completing the story that began 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.
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by Pat Barker
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"While this novel stands on its own merit, to fully appreciate NOONDAY, listeners will first want to hear Booker Prize winner Pat Barker's previous books in the trilogy, LIFE CLASS and TOBY'S ROOM. The stellar cast transforms returning characters Elinor, Paul, and Kit into credible people. However, wonderful as the narrators are, the many levels of relationship subtleties can be confusing to a new listener. The story takes place in London during the Blitz. Paul and Elinor are married. Paul is an air-raid warden. Elinor drives an ambulance. Kit, disfigured in WWI, arrives from the U.S. to work for the British government as a German translator. Each performance is a small gem, illuminating the determination of a people that hundreds of Nazi night raids couldn't extinguish. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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