Forum Books Presents Pat Barker

Venue: The Chapel, Market Place, Corbridge, NE45 5AW


‘Magnificent… You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers’ Evening Standard

‘Chilling, powerful, audacious…’ The Times

‘An impressive feat of literary revisionism…’ Independent 

Finalist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards, author Pat Barker is joining us to talk about her newest novel, The Silence of the Girls.

Here is the story of the Iliad as we’ve never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles. Given only a few words in Homer’s epic and largely erased by history, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men – Briseis has a very different tale to tell . . .

In these pages she comes fully to life: wry, watchful, forging connections among her fellow female prisoners even as she is caught between Greece’s two most powerful warriors.

Brilliantly written, filled with moments of terror and beauty, The Silence of the Girls imagines the untold tale at the heart of history’s greatest epic and gives voice to an extraordinary woman — and makes an ancient story new again.

We are thrilled to be joined by Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker here at Forum Books, The Chapel, Corbridge, Monday 17th June. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are available now at £5.00 which includes a welcome drink on arrival. 

Tickets bookings are available from Forum Books, by phone on 01434 632931 or online via our Ticket Source website here.

​See you soon!