Life Class
Pat Barker

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Narrated By: Eve Webster, Finlay Robertson, Juliet Prague, Kieran Bew

Duration: 8 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed 'Life Class' trilogy - an unforgettable story of art and war, from one of our greatest writers on war and the human heart

From the Booker Prize-winning and Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls

'Triumphant, inspiring, shattering' The Times

'Barker writes as brilliantly as ever... With great tenderness and insight she conveys a wartime world turned upside down' Independent on Sunday

'Masterly, gripping' Penelope Lively

'Extraordinarily powerful' Sunday Telegraph

Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks's studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another. Amidst the devastation in Ypres, Paul comes to see the world anew - but have his experiences changed him completely?

The Life Class trilogy:
Life Class
Toby's Room
Noonday

Genre

Historical fiction, First World War fiction

Listen to a sample

Thoughtful, ambiguous and powerful

Sunday Telegraph

A compelling read

Literary Review

Sharply written and elegantly constructed - breathtaking