Susan Barker



Susan Barker is a novelist. Her first novel Sayonara Bar (Doubleday, 2005) was set in a hostess bar in Osaka, Japan, and her second novel The Orientalist and the Ghost (Doubleday, 2008) was set in colonial and post-colonial Malaysia. Both books were longlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize. Her third novel The Incarnations (Doubleday, July 2014) is about a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing and is interwoven with tales from the Tang dynasty, the invasion of Genghis Khan, the Ming dynasty, the Opium War and the Cultural Revolution.While writing The Incarnations she spent several years living in Beijing, researching modern China and the other historical eras in the book.

She has an MA in novel writing from the University of Manchester (2004), and has been a recipient of two Arts Council grants and a Society of Authors award.

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  • University of Manchester, 2017–2019
  • Leeds Trinity University, 2010–2012