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Host: Manchester Literature Festival
Location: Imperial War Museum, The Quays Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ
Speaker: Pat Barker
To coincide with the opening of IWM North’s new exhibition Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict, acclaimed author Pat Barker discusses her latest novel, Toby’s Room, with IWM North Historian Matthew Brosnan. Brother and sister Toby and Elinor share a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. 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 novel of identity, damage, intimacy and loss. Pat Barker’s previous books include the hugely popular Regeneration trilogy (with the third volume, The Ghost Road, winning the Booker Prize) as well as Another World, Border Crossing and Life Class.More Information