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Blow Your House Down

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349009230

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Inspired by the reign of the Yorkshire Ripper, it raised a theme that would later rear its head in the media coverage of the Ipswich murders - how the serial killer is often mythologised with a label, whereas the women are just "prostitutes". Despite its black humour, it is a deeply political book
Belinda Webb, Guardian
Mrs. Barker's feminist argument is clear enough - sexual violence puts all women at risk, there are no ''good'' women and ''bad'' women, the victim of a sex crime is herself treated as a criminal
New York Times
Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome
A courageous and disturbing novel
Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World
Barker's creative vision is as in touch with the psychologically primordial as Melville's
Swift, spare, and utterly absorbing ... [Barker] makes us see her characters from within ... and thereby reveals the full individuality and humanity of women who have got short shrift both in literature and in life
Katha Pollitt, New York Times Book Review