A powerfully moving modern classic from one of Britain's greatest living storytellers - the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The Silence of the Girls
Recommended by Richard Osman
Regeneration is a masterful and richly immersive portrait of extraordinary lives played out in the shadow of the First World War...
'Unforgettable' Sunday Telegraph
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker's Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men.
'One of the strongest and most interesting novelists of her generation' Guardian
Regeneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's essential trilogy about the First World War. Discover the whole trilogy:
The Eye in the Door
The Ghost Road
A brilliant novel. Intense and subtle
In The Silence of the Girls, Booker prize-winning author Pat Barker gives voice to the voiceless characters of The Iliad
Pat Barker brings a child’s gas mask, a jar of water from a wishing well and a notebook to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book Noonday.