Eye in the Door
Pat Barker returns to the World War I era with the Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize for 1993. it is the spring of 1918. on the battlefields of France, a mammoth German offensive threatens the English army with defeat. in England It'self, a beleaguered government and panic-stricken, vengeful public seek scapegoats. Two groups are targeted for persecution and prosecution: pacifists and homosexuals. Many are jailed, others lead dangerous double lives; and "the eye in the door" becomes a symbol of the paranoia that threatens to destroy the very fabric of British society.