Read at The Paris Review
Pat Barker, a writer known for her diverse range of subjects and genres, lives in Durham, England. She has written about working-class women, World War I-era figures, and retold classical stories. She values the feedback she receives from audiences during promotional events.
"I do feel that part of the process of promotion that makes it...worthwhile, just about, is that you get ideas back from audiences or discussions that you have. Somebody always has a take on something that you haven't seen."
Barker's career has been shaped by her upbringing and personal experiences. She was born to a single mother in 1943 and describes herself as a "chameleon" in terms of navigating the English class system.
"...refers to herself now 'in terms of the English class system-bloody boring thing' as a 'chameleon'."