Vivid, bawdy and bitter' (The Times), Pat Barker's first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world. There's Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape; Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game; Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant; Old Alice, welcoming her impending death; Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband. And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.
Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome?
Vivid, bawdy and bitter - The Times 'Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome'
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th May 1982
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1