Julian Barnes - Author

About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.

His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

Featured books by Julian Barnes

The Noise of Time

The Noise of Time

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2017

In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House never return.

Levels of Life

Levels of Life

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes' new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

Pulse

Pulse

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2011

The stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings. In East Wind a divorced estate agent falls in love with a European waitress, but is tempted, despite his happiness, to investigate her past; in The Limner a deaf painter discovers his patron's likeness after spending time among his staff. Anchored off the coast of Brazil, Garibaldi spies his future wife through a telescope, and in Marriage Lines , a widower returns to a remote Scottish Island to relive a favourite holiday. These are also lives in flux - in the 'stages, transitions, arguments; incompatibilities which grow' - as in the title story, where a man reflects on the break-up of his marriage, brought into new perspective by the actions of his parents; two writers, a 'good team', return from an event rehearsing familiar arguments; in Gardener's World , a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. Positioned in between are a series of evenings at Phil & Joanna's , where among the topics of conversation - the environment, politics, the Britishness of marmalade, toilet graffiti and the perils of smoking - we witness the guests' lives shift in sections over the course of a year.

Other books by Julian Barnes

The Only Story

The Only Story

Author: Julian Barnes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/02/2018

Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

The Only Story

The Only Story

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2018

**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER** Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.

Death Vintage Minis

Death Vintage Minis

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2017

When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all. Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Calm by Tim Parks Drinking by John Cheever Babies by Anne Enright Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011 Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

The Noise of Time

The Noise of Time

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2017

** The Sunday Times Number One bestseller ** A Daily Telegraph / Financial Times / Guardian / Sunday Times / The Times / New Statesman / Observer Book of the Year 'BARNES'S MASTERPIECE.' - OBSERVER In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return. So begins Julian Barnes's first novel since his Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending. A story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage, it is the work of a true master.

The Noise of Time

The Noise of Time

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2017

In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House never return.

A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters (Vintage Past)

A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters (Vintage Past)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 10 Chapters presents a surprising and subversive fictional-history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives. Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his Voyage are not forgotten- they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission. We journey to the Titanic, to the Amazon, to the raft of the Medusa, and to an ecclesiastical court in medieval France where a bizarre case is about to begin...This is no ordinary history, but something stranger; a challenge and a delight for the reader's imagination. Ambitious yet accessible, witty and playfully serious, this is the work of a brilliant novelist.

Metroland Special Archive Edition

Metroland Special Archive Edition

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2016

A special edition of Julian Barnes's first novel with an introduction from the author and previously unseen archive material. Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school, they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland: the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home. Longing for real life to begin, Christopher makes for Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love. And before long he finds himself drawn inevitably back to Metroland and the very life he was trying to escape... This special edition contains unseen archive material including letters from early fans such as Philip Larkin and Dodie Smith, contemporary reviews, a deleted scene from the original manuscript as well as an introduction from the author.

The Noise of Time

The Noise of Time

Author: Julian Barnes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2016

In May 1937, a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the 'Big House.' Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now, and few who are taken to ever return.

Homage to Hemingway

Homage to Hemingway

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2015

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author ofThe Sense of an Endingand one of Britain's greatest writers, a twist on the workshop story and defense of Papa Hemingway, with art, love, ambition mixed in. ';Homage to Hemingway' is modeled after the oft-overlooked Ernest Hemingway story ';Homage to Switzerland,' a formally experimental work composed of three related vignettes. Here, Barnes composes three portraits of the modern writing life, a rhapsodic, witty and hopeful account of the writer's search for what is good and what is true. From Barnes's collection of miscellaneous prose,Through the Window. An eBook short.

Homage to Hemingway

Homage to Hemingway

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection From the Man Booker Prize-winning author ofThe Sense of an Ending and one of Britain's greatest writers, a twist on the workshop story and defense of Papa Hemingway, with art, love, ambition mixed in. ';Homage to Hemingway' is modeled after the oft-overlooked Ernest Hemingway story ';Homage to Switzerland,' a formally experimental work composed of three related vignettes. Here, Barnes composes three portraits of the modern writing life, a rhapsodic, witty and hopeful account of the writer's search for what is good and what is true. From Barnes's collection of miscellaneous prose, Through the Window. An eBook short.

Keeping an Eye Open Essays on Art

Keeping an Eye Open Essays on Art

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2015

`Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.' Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes' essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

Levels of Life

Levels of Life

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes' new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

Felfele folyik, hatrafele lejt

Felfele folyik, hatrafele lejt

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Tony Webster mindig is ovatosan elt, am egy ugyvedi level varatlanul felkavarja az elvalt, maganyos ferfi nyugdijas hetkoznapjait. Kiderul, hogy orokolt, es hagyateka nem mas, mint Adrian Finn, a mindig is kuloncnek tartott fiatalkori barat naploja. A sorok olvasasa kozben negyven evvel ezelotti szerelmek, baratsagok, kamaszkori lazadasok emlekei tornek a felszinre, es az idos ferfi elhatarozza, hogy felkutatja a rejtelyek kulcsfigurajat, elso szerelmet, Veronicat. Szemelyes talalkozasuk uj megvilagitasba helyezi a multat es a sajat felelosseget abban a tragikus halalesetben, amelyre mar evtizedek ota nem gondolt. Azt gondoltam - igen, valahol a lnyem mlyn gondolkodtam -, hogy vissza tudok trni a kezdetekhez, s meg tudom vltoztatni a dolgokat. Hogy a vr folyst visszafordthatom.

Through the Window Seventeen Essays (and one short story)

Through the Window Seventeen Essays (and one short story)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2012

In these seventeen essays (and one short story) the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner examines British, French and American writers who have meant most to him, as well as the cross-currents and overlappings of their different cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure Status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it can do. As he writes in his preface, 'Novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, and how we lose it.' When his Letters from London came out in 1995, the Financial Times called him 'our best essayist'. This wise and deft collection confirms that judgment.

Flaubert's Parrot/History of the World

Flaubert's Parrot/History of the World

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2012

Flaubert's Parrot, shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984, concerns the attempts of an increasingly bemused researcher to establish certain facts about a famous French novelist and the stuffed bird which used to sit on his desk.A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters blends fact and fiction in a virtuoso kaleidoscope of vignettes from Noah's time to the present. One of the author's most inventive works, it was praised by Salman Rushdie as `frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic and a delight to read'.

Julian Barnes Booker Prize Finalist Collection, 3-Book Bundle

Julian Barnes Booker Prize Finalist Collection, 3-Book Bundle

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2011

Julian Barnes, recipient of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, is one of our most highly regarded novelists. In this collection of three novels spanning his career, we see the broad range of his imagination and literary skill. Barnes's third published novel, brought him worldwide acclaim and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. ';A high literary entertainment' (The New York Times)  Flaubert's Parrott is, among other things, a piercing glimpse at the nature of obsession and betrayal, both scholarly and romantic. Barnes's second shortlisted novel, England, England, is a sly, a satiric invention, in which a visionary tycoon attempts to replicate a jolly old England that probably never really existed: Robin Hood's men are genuinely merry and the royals all behave themselves impeccably, until, of course, everything begins to go horribly wrong. Finally, Arthur & George re-creates late-Victorian Britain, in which the fates of two vastly different men become entwined, one seeking vindication in a world that looks askance at his origins, the other creating the world's most famous detective, while keeping his own secrets.

Bark / The Silence (Storycuts)

Bark / The Silence (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Bark', Jeanne-Etiene Delacour takes pleasure in the avoidance of any threat to his longevity. Formerly a gourmand and a gambler but now an ascetic, his fastidious new lifestyle is the result of an investment in a public works project - one which holds the promise of considerable reward for the last investor to survive. As he draws black lines through the thirty-nine names in his pocket book, the human capacity to rationalise any indulgence is explored.In 'The Silence', a composer attests that silence is the logical conclusion to music. He considers the silence that has been in effect throughout the interminable wait for his Eight Symphony, and how it will segue into the silence that will follow the end of his life - a life he claims to have sacrificed on the altar of his art. Part of the Storycuts series, these two stories were previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Short History of Hairdressing (Storycuts)

Short History of Hairdressing (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Gregory ponders as he sits in the barber's chair at various stages of his life. His youthful preoccupation with the adult world gives way to the brash chippiness of the university student, and on, finally, to a man whose children are the same age as the girl holding the scissors. A charming take on the slow development of self.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Appetite (Storycuts)

Appetite (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

With her husband descending into the advanced stages of dementia, Vivian discovers that reading from his favourite cookery books can call forth a temporary alleviation and a flash of happiness. But her husband's fading memory compromises her own recollections and brings about disappointments, in both the connections she wants to believe and those she'd rather ignore.Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Hygiene (Storycuts)

Hygiene (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Major 'Jacko' Jackson, now retired, takes his yearly, self-appointed furlough to London. But time has moved on, and the kitchenware on the itemised task list his wife has provided him with is not the only thing he finds out of stock.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Knowing French (Storycuts)

Knowing French (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Sylvia Winstanley, the youngest and most competent resident in a home for the elderly and self-labelled maverick, begins a written correspondence with the author of Flaubert's Parrot. We are treated to one half of the confused and hilarious dialogue between the two. Sylvia's bout of 'epistolomania' offers a charming perspective on growing old, and the associated difficulty of continuing to look forward rather than back.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Fruit Cage (Storycuts)

Fruit Cage (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Christopher's early declaration that he has known his parents all his life is shown to be misguided. Following the widowing of one of their associates, and the emergence of their latter day estrangement, he realises he must re-evaluate the history of his parents' relationship.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Revival (Storycuts)

Revival (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

The ambiguous relationship between Ivan Turgenev and the ing nue starring in the revival of one of his early plays is revealed through the fragments of sources left to a researcher. It is a love predicated on renunciation, in which the appeal of a perpetual 'if-only' is explored.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Story of Mats Israelson (Storycuts)

Story of Mats Israelson (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Anders Bod n, an esteemed sawmill manager and casual tour guide to those unfamiliar with the small Swedish town he calls home, finds a happy outlet for his knowledge of trees and local history when a new pharmacist arrives in town with his young wife in tow. But then gossip begins to circulate around an association . . .Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Things You Know (Storycuts)

Things You Know (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Janice and Merrill, two widows, converse about their departed husbands over breakfast. Fond memories of their spouses are recounted, but it is in what they leave unsaid that they find the greater sustenance.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

Vigilance (Storycuts)

Vigilance (Storycuts)

Author: Julian Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A classical music aficionado and concert-goer bemoans the degradation of civility and respect among his fellow audience members. He develops a series of measures to counteract the prevalence of inconsiderate noise-making in the stalls. Resisting his erstwhile partner's appeals for moderation and restraint, his tactics and approaches grow in extremity.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

The Lemon Table

The Lemon Table

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 From the hairdessing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts, to the concert hall where a music lover carries out an obsessive campaign against those who cough in concerts; from the woman who reads elaborate recipes to her sick husband as a substitute for sex, to the woman 'incarcerated' in an old people's home beginning a correspondence with an author that enriches both their lives - all Barnes' characters, in their different ways, square up to death and rage against the dying light.

Staring At The Sun

Staring At The Sun

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.

The Porcupine

The Porcupine

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader of a former Soviet satellite country, is on trial. His adversary, the prosecutor general, stands for the new government's ideals and liberal certainties, and is attempting to ensare Petkanov with the dictator's own totalitarian laws. But Petkanov is not beaten yet. He has been given his chance to fight back and he takes it with a vengeance, to the increasing discomfort and surprise of those around him.

Cross Channel

Cross Channel

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2009

From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes an enthralling set of short stories. No one has a better perspective on life on both sides of the channel than Julian Barnes. In these exquisitely crafted stories spanning several centuries, he takes as his universal theme the British in France; from the last days of a reclusive English composer, the beef consuming 'navvies' labouring on the Paris-Rouen railway to a lonely woman mourning the death of her brother on the battlefields of the Somme.

Before She Met Me

Before She Met Me

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Graham Hendrick, an historian, has left his wife Barbara for the vivacious Ann, and is more than pleased with his new life. Until, that is, the day he discovers Ann's celluloid past as a mediocre film actress. Soon Graham is pouncing on old clues, examining her books for inscriptions from past lovers, frequenting cinemas and poring over the bad movies she appeared in. It's not that he blames Anne for having a past before they met, but history has always mattered to him...

Metroland

Metroland

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes a magnificent portrait of youth and growing up. Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland, the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home. Longing for real life to begin, we follow Christopher to Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love, leading him, to Toni's disappointment, back to Metroland.

Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction Flaubert's Parrot deals with Flaubert, parrots, bears and railways; with our sense of the past and our sense of abroad; with France and England, life and art, sex and death, George Sand and Louise Colet, aesthetics and redcurrant jam; and with its enigmatic narrator, a retired English doctor, whose life and secrets are slowly revealed. A compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively ordered fact, Flaubert's Parrot is by turns moving and entertaining, witty and scholarly, and a tour de force of seductive originality.

A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters

A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters presents a surprising and subversive fictional-history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives. Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his Voyage are not forgotten: they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission. We journey to the Titanic, to the Amazon, to the raft of the Medusa, and to an ecclesiastical court in medieval France where a bizarre case is about to begin... This is no ordinary history, but something stranger; a challenge and a delight for the reader's imagination. Ambitious yet accessible, witty and playfully serious, this is the work of a brilliant novelist.

Talking It Over

Talking It Over

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes a novel of profound insight and comic flare. Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night, where he meets Gillian, a picture restorer recovering from a destructive affair. Stuart's best friend Oliver is his complete opposite - a language teacher who 'talks like a dictionary', brash and feckless. Soon Stuart and Gillian are married, but it is not long before a tentative friendship between the three evolves into something far different. Talking it Over is a brilliant and intimate account of love's vicissitudes. It begins as a comedy of errors, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.

Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels, we learn an enormous amount about the writer's work, family, lovers, thought processes, health and obsessions. But we also gradually come to learn some important and shocking details about Geoffrey himself.

Nothing To Be Frightened Of

Nothing To Be Frightened Of

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2009

'I don't believe in God, but I miss Him.' Julian Barnes' new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his philosopher brother, a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that 'this is not my autobiography', the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

Love, Etc

Love, Etc

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2008

From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes the highly entertaining sequel to Talking it Over. In Talking it Over Gillian and Stuart were married until Oliver - witty, feckless Oliver - stole Gillian away. In Love, etc Julian Barnes revisits the three of them, using the same intimate technique of allowing the characters to speak directly to the reader, to whisper their secrets, to argue for their version of the truth. Darker and deeper than its predecessor, Love, etc is a compelling exploration of contemporary love and its betrayals.

England, England

England, England

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2008

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of Wight. Grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. He constructs on the island 'The Project', a vast heritage centre containing everything 'English', from Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the white cliffs of Dover. The project is monstrous, risky, and vastly successful. In fact, it gradually begins to rival 'Old' England and even threatens to supersede it... One of Barnes's finest and funniest novels, England, England calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs fiction, reality vs art, nationhood, myth-making, and self-exploration. 'A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy' The Economist

Arthur & George

Arthur & George

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2006

Now a major TV series starring Martin Clunes, Arsher Ali and Art Malik From the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011, an extraordinary true-life tale about a long-forgotten mystery... Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all it is a profound and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove.

The Lemon Table

The Lemon Table

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2004

If Julian Barnes' new collection of stories has a theme it is 'rage in age'. Among the Chinese the lemon is the symbol of death. At the 'lemon table' (a coinage of Sibelius, protagonist of the final story) it is permissible - indeed obligatory - to talk about death, and each of Barnes' characters is facing death, but each in a very different way. The settings range from eighteenth-century Sweden and nineteenth-century Russia to the 'Barnet Shop', a hairdessing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts, or a South Bank concert hall where a music lover carries out an obsessive campaign against those who cough in concerts. In 'Knowing French' an eighty-four-year old woman, a former teacher 'incarcerated' in an old people's home, begins a correspondence with an author - 'Dear Dr Barnes' - that enriches both their lives. In 'Appetite' a woman reads elaborate recipes to her sick husband as a substitute for sex. In 'Hygiene' an old soldier makes his regular trip to town to do errands for his wife - stilton from Paxton's, rubber rings for Kilner jars, Elizabeth Arden powder - and to spend the afternoon with a tart called Babs. These stories are wise, funny, clever and moving.

Love, Etc

Love, Etc

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2000

In Talking It Over , Gillian was married to Stuart. Then Stuart's best and oldest friend Oliver fell in love with her and married her in his turn. Each spoke directly to the reader, giving their side of the story. In Love, Etc. , using the same technique, Julian Barnes revisits Stuart, Oliver and Gillian, ten years after they last spoke to us. Oliver and Gillian are settled into a comfortable marriage, they have a child, Gillian is successful, Oliver is not. When Stuart returns from America, rich, divorced, a successful entrepreneur, the scene is set for the wheel to turn once more. Darker and deeper than Talking It Over , Love, Etc. is a compelling exploration of a contemporary love triangle, wise, funny and brilliantly observed.

Cross Channel

Cross Channel

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/1996

This is a collection of ten short stories with a linking theme: the British in France through several centuries. It opens with a group of mercenary soldiers engaged in a punitive expedition against a Protestant village in southern France in the late seventeenth century, and closes with a journey on the antiquated Eurostar express to Paris in the year 2015. In between the British appear in their various guises: as railway-builders in the 1840s, vineyard-owners at the turn of the century, artistic exiles in the 1920s. There is a story (based upon fact) about the departure of an English cricket team to play the Gentlemen of France in 1789; one about a literary conference in the Massif Central which may or may not have taken place; one about a Tour de France cyclist. The stories are designed to play off one another and work exploring the British fascination with France, our various and mixed reasons for being there, and our sometimes ambiguous reception.

The Porcupine

The Porcupine

Author: Julian Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/1992

A novel about the most dramatic political downfall of our time - that of Eastern Europe. The author won the Prix Medicis with Flaubert's Parrot. He also wrote A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters and Metroland.

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