Regeneration, one in Pat Barker's series of novels confronting the psychological effects of World War I, focuses on treatment methods during the war and the story of a decorated English officer sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Yet the novel is much more. Written in sparse prose that is shockingly clear -- the descriptions of electronic treatments are particularly harrowing -- it combines real-life characters and events with fictional ones in a work that examines the insanity of war like no other. Barker also weaves in issues of class and politics in this compactly powerful book. Other books in the series include and the Booker Award winner . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pat Barker's comedy can be described in one word - funny. His ability to take relatable observational humor and put an interesting twist on it makes him a consistent crowd pleasing act. After beginning his comedy career in 2005, Pat started getting noticed in 2007 when he was a finalist in comedy contests at New York's famous Comedy Cellar, as well as Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. After achieving another finals appearance in the 2008 version of Helium's contest, Pat has quickly moved up the ladder at that club and currently is a feature act there. His likeable stage persona has landed him spots opening for national acts like Adam Sandler, Frank Caliendo, Bill Burr, Greg Giraldo, Hal Sparks and many more. As Pat continues with his comedy career, his goal is to open the eyes of new audiences every night. So far, they like what they see.
Pat Barker began his comedy career in 2005, playing to audiences up and down the East Coast. Armed with a style that Philadelphia Magazine described as “endearingly caustic," Barker took his act on the road and has been performing as a national feature starting in 2010.
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. Host Richard E. Grant and Pat discuss witchcraft, the impact of WW2 as well as her personal journey to becoming an award winning novelist.