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The Balance

Nicola Barker

‘She knew she'd have to have sex with him at some point soon and if she put him down over this small semantic issue it might jeopardize his performance. There were no second chances. Things were so finely balanced, after all.’

Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker was born in 1966 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and emigrated aged nine–with her sister and parents–to South Africa. She returned to England in 1981 with her mother. She has published ten books including, Wide Open (1998), Darkmans (2007), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and most recently Burley Cross Postbox Theft (2010).

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