Church Rd, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG, UK
Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DF, UK
St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE, UK
St. Hugh’s College
King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3NS, UK
University of Wales
Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
University of East Anglia
Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
University of Manchester
(Obsessed with finding and liberating author Paul Michel, ...)
Obsessed with finding and liberating author Paul Michel, an asylum-incarcerated schizophrenic, the narrator, a devoted reader, begins a search that takes him from the archives of Cambridge University to the depths of his own mad mind.
(At the turn of the 19th century in England, a young, beau...)
At the turn of the 19th century in England, a young, beautiful Mary Ann Bulkeley gives birth to a redheaded baby girl of uncertain paternity. Before the sensitive tomboy turns ten, the family determines she should be raised and schooled as a boy. So begins The Doctor, a provocative, illuminating novel based on a true story about a brilliant female physician who is compelled to live as a man under the name James Miranda Barry. Patricia Duncker, the author of Hallucinating Foucault, traces Barry's incredible life over the course of five decades and across three continents, from his cross-dressing child genius days to medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland; from his glorious career as a military surgeon to his adventures as a celebrated duelist and social figure known throughout the world. During his travels around the Empire, Barry challenged the antiquated medical beliefs of the time, fought off outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever, and dueled reluctantly over a young woman's honor. The Doctor tells Barry's story for the first time, and it is filled with an extraordinary and vivid collection of characters. There's the Venezuelan revolutionary general with an enormous moustache and a poetry addiction. The shabbily eccentric English aristocrat and his serpent look-alike sister. And then there's Alice Jones, the ruthless and gorgeous kitchenmaid--all legs, black curls and ambition--who is the object of Barry's enduring affection. Barry's accomplishments were many, as were the secrets he guarded. When his mysterious origins are finally revealed, we witness The Doctor's intriguing, anguished finale. This richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, and colonial history is a transforming contemplation on the substance of gender, the power of will, and an unforgettable portrait of a brilliant mind. Patricia Duncker was born in the West Indies and educated at Oxford and Cambridge. Her novel, Hallucinating Foucault, won Britain's 1996 McKitterick Prize for best first novel. She teaches writing, literature, and feminist theory at the University of Wales, and lives in Wales and France.
( At the center of The Deadly Space Between is an adolesc...)
At the center of The Deadly Space Between is an adolescent boy, Toby Hawk, whose intimate relationship with his mother and her mysterious lover leads to a chilling outcome. A solitary boy in a family of independent, unconventional women, Toby lives in a small, closed world that consists of school and surfing the Internet. His mother, only fifteen years his senior, is a painter on the brink of commercial success. But everything changes when she takes up with Roehm, a fascinating but enigmatic scientist. As he begins his slow dance of courtship and seduction, alienating mother from son, their lives become unstable and duplicitous. But who is Roehm really -- this huge, sinister, irresistible man with no discernible past? The confused adolescent turns to the Web for clues about his mother's hauntingly seductive, predatory lover -- and the answers he finds transform his life. An eerie psychological ghost story with echoes of Faust, Freud, and Frankenstein, The Deadly Space Between is a disturbing tale of Oedipal passions -- a rich and dark exploration of sexual ambiguity and longing.
(Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwove...)
Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his wife awaits her stalker; a sex worker at an illegal fetish club contemplates her options; a strike spirals out of control with eerie consequences; and a conflict with noisy neighbours reaches theatrical heights. Driven by lust, greed and revenge, chillingly calm or maddened by rage, Patricia Duncker's characters use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Unapologetically disturbing and provocative like the B movies that inspired them, Seven Tales of Sex and Death holds up a mirror to humanity at its most flawed, ruthless and seductive.
(The bodies are discovered on New Year's Day, sixteen dead...)
The bodies are discovered on New Year's Day, sixteen dead in the freshly fallen snow. The adults lie stiff in a semicircle; the children, in pajamas and overcoats, are curled at their feet. When he hears the news, Commissaire André Schweigen knows who to call: Dominique Carpentier, the Judge, also known as the "sect hunter." Carpentier sweeps into the investigation in thick glasses and red gloves, and together the Commissaire and the Judge begin searching for clues in a nearby chalet. Among the decorations and unwrapped presents of a seemingly ordinary holiday, they find a leather-bound book, filled with mysterious code, containing maps of the stars. The book of the Faith leads them to the Composer, Friedrich Grosz, who is connected in some way to every one of the dead. Following his trail, Carpentier, Schweigen, and the Judge's assistant, Gaëlle, are drawn into a world of complex family ties, seductive music, and ancient cosmic beliefs. Hurtling breathlessly through the vineyards of Southern France to the gabled houses of Lübeck, Germany, through cathedrals, opera houses, museums, and the cobbled streets of an Alpine village, this ferocious new novel is a metaphysical mystery of astonishing verve and power.
Duncker attended Bedales School in England and, after a period spent working in Germany, entered Newnham College. She graduated from it with a bachelor's degree. She also obtained a doctorate from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, specializing in English and German Romanticism.
Dunker started her career as an educator in 1991, teaching at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She was also a professor of prose fiction at the University of East Anglia, working with the novelists Andrew Cowan and her fellow Professor Michele Roberts.
In January 2007, she was appointed a professor of contemporary literature at the University of Manchester, where she teaches in the Department of English and American Studies.
(Obsessed with finding and liberating author Paul Michel, ...)1996
( At the center of The Deadly Space Between is an adolesc...)2002
(At the turn of the 19th century in England, a young, beau...)1999
(Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwove...)2003
(The bodies are discovered on New Year's Day, sixteen dead...)2009
Duncker is a member of the British Society of Authors.
Duncker is single and has no children.