TENTH NOVEL IS AUTHOR’S SECOND SET IN KENT
DARKMANS is Nicola Barker’s 10th novel and the second she has set in Kent. Wide Open, a story about violence and paedophilia, is set on the Isle of Sheppey. The book won the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which can be won by any work of fiction published in English. In 2004, while writing Darkmans, Nicola also wrote Clear, inspired by the transparent box illusionist David Blaine was suspended in over Tower Bridge.