Toby's Room
Pat Barker

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

Duration: 9 hours and 55 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the second novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed 'Life Class' trilogy - a dark and compelling examination of desire, friendship and the horror of 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

'Heart-rending... Toby's Room anatomises a world where extreme emotion shatters the boundaries of identity, behaviour, gender' Independent

'Once again Barker skilfully moves between past and present, seamlessly weaving fact and fiction into a gripping narrative' Sunday Telegraph

When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room. Moving from the Slade School of Art to Queen Mary's Hospital, where surgery and art intersect in the rebuilding of the shattered faces of the wounded, Toby's Room is a riveting drama of identity, damage, intimacy and loss.

The Life Class trilogy:
Life Class
Toby's Room


Historical fiction, First World War fiction

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Magnificent; I finished eagerly wanting to know what happened next, and as I read, I was enjoying, marvelling and learning

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The plot unfurls to a devastating conclusion ... a fine piece of work

New Statesman

A heart-rending return to the Great War. A superb stylist ... forensically observant and imaginatively sublime


Dark, painful, yet also tender. It succeeds brilliantly