Reviews

  • Publisher's description. Pat Barker brings the besieged and haunted city of Blitz-era London to electrifying life in Noonday, the third and final novel in her 'Life Class Trilogy'. Bombs are falling on London and, still suffering from the losses of the Great War, Elinor, Paul and Kit must face war's horrors once again...

    Penguin
  • Barker's command of detail and gift for metaphor are as sharp as ever: her evocation of the bombed city is steeped in drama... Noonday is in the first rank

    Mail on Sunday
  • Tremendously good

    Daily Mail
  • This is the first time the author of the Regeneration Trilogy has written about the Second World War and it's a triumph

    Stylist
  • Many strokes of genius from Barker... accessible and moving

    Sunday Times
  • Noonday's Blitz-era setting gives Barker ample opportunity to do what she does best

    Spectator
  • Powerful and vivid, with nuanced characters and Barker's unerring eye for detail

    Women and Home
  • Bold, hard-hitting, unforgettable... a virtuoso rendition of the bombing, as huge swathes of London blaze away with the brightest of bright lights... Barker shows us how the city's finest moment was indubitably also its most terrifying, with luminous and unsparing insight

    Independent on Sunday
  • Ambitious, vivid, sharp... The closer you get to the end, the more lives need saving and the more thwarted and complicated the domestic backdrop... Barker's chronological leap is a sophisticated bridge between the drama of the present and the haunted history of the past

    Daily Telegraph
  • Colourfully alive, fizzes with energy... the novel's point of view swivel[s] like a torchbeam to illuminate London's devastated streets

    Independent