NICOLA BARKER - Booker Prize Short-Listed Novelist
Nicola Barker, Novelist
Nicola Barker's 13th novel, I Am Sovereign, was released in July 2019 in the UK and won immediate critical acclaim. The Guardian's Tony Litt aptly described Barker as "literary royalty," and the quote on the front of the book, also from The Guardian, simply states: "She really is a genius."
Barker's work has been translated into 25 languages and her epic novel, Darkmans, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her post-post-apocalyptic novel, H(A)PPY (2017) was the winner of the Goldsmith's Prize. She has been twice appeared on the Booker Prize long list: in 2012 for The Yips, the "most flamboyant piece of comic fiction ever to be set in Luton," and for Clear (2004), a novel inspired by David Blaine's dramatic suspension over East London.
Many of Barker's novels are available digitally in the US through Open Road.