Border Crossing: A Novel

Border Crossing: A Novel

by Pat Barker
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Border Crossing: A Novel by Pat Barker

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture

Set in the north of England, Pat Barker's Border Crossing portrays a child psychiatrist who rescues a man from drowning one day while walking on a beach in Northumberland. Uncannily, he recognizes the man; it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence. Since the trial, he has reconsidered that evidence and found it lacking. Now he confronts the man whose altered fate may be his responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374706043
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 368,709
File size: 565 KB

About the Author

PAT BARKER is the author of the novels Toby’s Room and Life Class, as well as the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels. She lives in the north of England.
Pat Barker's novels include Another World, Border Crossing and Noonday. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy, comprising Regeneration, which has been made into a film starring Jonathan Pryce and James Wilby, The Eye in the Door, winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, winner of the 1996 Booker Prize. She lives in England.


Durham, England

Date of Birth:

May 8, 1943

Place of Birth:

Thornaby-on-Tees, England


London School of Economics; Durham University

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Border Crossing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I listened to this Audio Book on drive to and from Las Angeles to Los Vegas. I thought it a good chance to be introduced to Pat Barker who seems to get such rave reviews. This is basically a two person character study in the guise of a psychological thriller that is not all that thrilling. I found the store interesting enough and the writing crisp, but the secondary plot of Tom Seymour and his wife seems lost as she walks out of his life just when he is consumed with this former child patient who returns to extract his revenge. Or does he? I will give this a marginal thumbs up because the two main characters are well written and vivid, with Danny Miller the tormented child murderer an excellent character. But in the end I did not find this very satisfying to listen to and doubt I would have finished it if I had picked it up as a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Barker's for quite some time now, and I found her latest to be brilliantly conceived. Rarely are there novels that have no extemporaneous verbage, no ridiculous reading-stopping adjectival phrases, but, instead, a perfect dispensation of sophistication and even humor. Border Crossing is one of these rare books. I admire this book for much the same reason I admire Hemingway's stuff (though the two writer's are stylistically on opposite ends of the spectrum): every word must be there. She explores the issues of uncertainty, dishonesty, and redemption quite thoroughly without needless digression as to ulterior motivations or pointless narrative characterization. This is a tight book, well worded and extremely fun to read. As a thriller, I don't know, but it does have as much intrigue as the best mystery novels I've read. I can't recommend this enough.