Julian Barnes

in Leicester, The United Kingdom
January 19, 1946




Julian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer of postmodernism in literature. He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize - Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005), and won the prize for The Sense of an Ending (2011). He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.

Following an education at the City of London School and Merton College, Oxford, he worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. Subsequently, he worked as a literary editor and film critic. He now writes full-time. His brother, Jonathan Barnes, is a philosopher specialized in Ancient Philosophy.

He lived in London with his wife, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh, until her death on 20 Octob

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London Review of Books Limited Edition

Julian Barnes's new book Levels of Life will be issued in a limited edition by the London Review Bookshop. This is an exclusive limited first edition of Levels of Life, signed before publication by the author and published in association with Jonathan Cape.

There are 50 copies only (plus 3 hors commerce), 35 of which have been quarter-bound in Harmatan Black fine leather and Duo Linde cloth Read more of this blog post »
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The Sense of an Ending

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The Noise of Time

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Arthur & George

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A History of the World in 1...

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The Only Story

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Flaubert's Parrot

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Levels of Life

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Talking It Over

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England, England

3.34 avg rating — 5,210 ratings — published 1998 — 51 editions
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Nothing to Be Frightened of

3.82 avg rating — 3,915 ratings — published 2008 — 56 editions
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“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

“This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

“How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending


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