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Nicola Barker (born 30 March 1966) is an English novelist and short story writer.
|Born||30 March 1966|
Typically she writes about damaged or eccentric people in mundane situations, and has a fondness for bleak, isolated settings. Wide Open and Behindlings are set respectively on the Isle of Sheppey and Canvey Island. Her 2004 novel, Clear, is set in London during David Blaine's Above the Below 44-day fast in London in 2003.
Barker's novel Darkmans won the 2008 Hawthornden Prize. Patrick Ness's review in The Guardian described the book as "phenomenally good" despite it being a "838-page epic with little describable plot, taking place over just a few days and set in...Ashford"
Awards and honoursEdit
- 1993 PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award co-winner for Love Your Enemies
- 1993 David Higham Prize for Fiction winner for Love Your Enemies
- 1996 John Llewellyn Rhys prize winner for Heading Inland
- 2000 International Dublin Literary Award winner for Wide Open
- 2004 Man Booker Prize longlist for Clear: A Transparent Novel
- 2007 Man Booker Prize shortlist for Darkmans
- 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist for The Yips
- 2017 Goldsmiths Prize winner for H(a)ppy
- Reversed Forecast (1994)
- Small Holdings (1995)
- Wide Open (1998)
- Five Miles from Outer Hope (2000)
- Behindlings (2002)
- Clear: A Transparent Novel (2004)
- Darkmans (2007)
- Burley Cross Postbox Theft (2010)
- The Yips (2012)
- In the Approaches (2014)
- The Cauliflower (2016)
- H(a)ppy (2017)
- I Am Sovereign (2019)
Collections of storiesEdit
- Love Your Enemies (1993)
- Heading Inland (1996)
- The Three Button Trick: Selected Stories (2001)
- The Independent on Sunday, Arts & Books, 16-17, 1 June 2014
- Kidd, James (13 June 2014). "Nicola Barker: Teetering on the brink". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- Ness, Patrick: Review: Book of the week The Guardian 5 May 2007
- Laura Harding (15 November 2017). "Illuminated manuscript novel wins Goldsmiths Prize". Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Nicola Barker wins Goldsmiths Prize 2017, Goldsmith Prize
-  The Observer Hot List 2010