One of our foremost literary novelists, and the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize...
Julian Barnes has written ten novels, two books of short stories, two collections of essays, and a collection of writings about cookery. He has also translated a book by French author Alphonse Daudet and a collection of German cartoons by Volker Kriegel. His writing has earned him considerable respect as an author who deals with the themes of history, reality, truth and love. As Dan Kavanagh, Barnes has written four crime novels centered around Duffy, a free-lance security system specialist.
regarded as one of the "Big Four" in this country- along with McEwan, Rushdie
and Amis -
Barnes floundered for a bit before making a storming critical and commercial comeback with Arthur and George. Born in Leicester in 1946 to two French teachers,
he studied at Magdalen college, working as a lexicographer at the OED until
1972 when he left to pursue journalism, working for The New Statesman, The
Sunday Times, and as TV critic for the Observer. In 1980 he had his
Metroland, published- having been working on it for seven years. Subsequent
novels have garnered him numerous international awards, and two have been adapted
for the big screen. His lives with his wife, and literary agent, Pat Kavanagh
in London, and used to be a friend and snooker partner of Martin Amis- also
represented by Kavanagh, until Amis had the temerity to change agents in 1994. They have barely spoken since.
This title is 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,... Read more ....