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Pat Barker is a contemporary writer of fiction (novels, linked tales, and short stories) who began publishing about women's lives but has made her special subject-matter the working-class culture of northern industrial towns and the experience of fighting men in the twentieth century's two world wars.
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8 May 1943 PB was born in northern England, in the industrial town of Thornaby-on-Tees in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1954 PB, aged about eleven, wrote her first novel, which remained unpublished. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1982 Virago Press issued PB's first published work, Union Street, a volume of interwoven short stories which could also be described as a novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1990 PB's first book, Union Street, was made into a Hollywood film: Stanley and Iris, starring Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro and set in America (in Boston). Bibliographic Citation link.
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