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The Man Who Wasn't There

The Man Who Wasn't There

A Novel

Pat Barker

Picador

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In Pat Barker's The Man Who Wasn't There, twelve-year-old Colin knows little about his father except that he must have fought in the war. His mother, totally absorbed by the nightclub where she works, says nothing about him, and Colin turns to films for images of what his father might have been. Weaving in and out of Colin's real life, his imagined film explores issues of loyalty and betrayal and searches for the answer to the question 'What is a man?'

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“With her novels, she adds dignity to this century's often bleak and undignified human record.” —The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1943. She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize. Pat Barker is married and lives in Durham.

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Pat Barker

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