Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker

Author profile

in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, The United Kingdom
March 30, 1966




About this author

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Nicola Barker is an English writer.
Nicola Barker’s eight previous novels include Darkmans (short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), Wide Open (winner of the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Clear (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2004). She has also written two prize-winning collections of short stories, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in East London.

Average rating: 3.50 · 3,893 ratings · 558 reviews · 27 distinct works · Similar authors
Darkmans (Thames Gateway, #3)
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 1,572 ratings — published 2007 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Yips
3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 460 ratings — published 2012 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Wide Open (Thames Gateway, #1)
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 406 ratings — published 1998 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Clear: A Transparent Novel
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 2004 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Burley Cross Postbox Theft
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Five Miles From Outer Hope
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 2000 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Behindlings (Thames Gateway...
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 197 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Three Button Trick and ...
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 1999 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Small Holdings
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1995 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heading Inland
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Nicola Barker…
Wide Open Behindlings Darkmans
Thames Gateway (3 books)
3.552183908045977 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 2,175 ratings

Burley Cross Postbox Theft The Yips In the Approaches
Digital Trilogy (3 books)
3.2099290780141843 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 705 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Tattoos are a right of passage. They're a marker of bravery, of maturity, of cultural acceptance. The tattoo represents not only a willingness to accept pain - to endure it - but a need to actively embrace it. Because life is painful - beautiful but painful.......”
Nicola Barker, The Yips

“I dreamed I saw you dead in a place by the water. A ravaged place. All flat and empty and wide open. And you were covered in some kind of binding. Like a mummy. Something white and reflective, from head to toe. And the light shone on you. Oh, how it shone on you! It glanced off you, and it was like a pure, bright silver. The wind was singing. It sang: you have suffered enough. You have suffered enough. Then death came and he kissed you. Lightly. Gently. Upon the lips. There is nothing beyond, he whispered, only me, only me. There is nothing beyond. Only me.”
Nicola Barker, Wide Open

“You think it's all rather too "New Age" to be taken seriously, eh?'
'Not at all.'
'But it's an ancient discipline...'
'New Age disciplines invariably are,' Beede said, disparagingly, 'but in the modern world they lack context - we just pick them up and then toss them back down again, we consume them. They have no moral claim on us. No moral value. And without that they're rendered meaningless, fatuous, even.”
Nicola Barker, Darkmans

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Challenge: 50 Books: Shibbie's 2010 37 247 Dec 12, 2010 08:39PM  
21st Century Lite...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Sept. 2012 Open Read - Nominations closed 34 53 Aug 18, 2012 09:05AM  
The Seasonal Read...: 50.1 - ♥Robin♥'s Task: Family Ties 40 162 Nov 19, 2012 06:34PM  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Nicola to Goodreads.