Julian Barnes

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2011 with The Sense of an Ending.

Julian Barnes

Biography

Date of birth: 19 January 1946

Julian Barnes is one of England’s leading literary novelists. He studied Modern Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford before spending three years as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. He has also worked as assistant literary editor under Martin Amis at The New Statesman. His friendship with Amis famously came to an end when Amis left his agent, Pat Kavanagh, Barnes’s wife.

He has written eleven novels, a number of short story collections and various works on non-fiction. His 2013 memoir, Levels of Life, is an essay on his own grief after the death of his wife in 2008.

After being nominated twice before, Barnes finally won the Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending. He currently lives in London.

Book and writing awards

Somerset Maugham Award 1981 (Metroland), Prix Femina Étranger 1992 (Talking It Over), Austrian State Prize for European Literature 1994, David Cohen Prize for Literature 2011, Man Booker Prize 2011 (The Sense of an Ending)

Similar authors to Julian Barnes

Jonathan Coe, Martin Amis and Iris Murdoch.

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Levels of Life

Levels of Life

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'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...
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Levels of Life

Levels of Life (Hardback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Hardback 128 pages
Published: 04/04/2013
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'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes' new book is about... Read more

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Vintage

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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... Read more

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Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story)

Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story) (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Vintage

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In these seventeen essays (and one short story) the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner examines British, French and American writers who have meant most... Read more

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Pulse

Pulse (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Vintage

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The stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and... Read more

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Nothing to be Frightened of

Nothing to be Frightened of (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 05/03/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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'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... Read more

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Arthur and George

Arthur and George (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/09/2006
Publisher: Vintage

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh,... Read more

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The Lemon Table

The Lemon Table (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 06/01/2011
Publisher: Vintage

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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... Read more

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The Pedant in the Kitchen

The Pedant in the Kitchen (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 01/06/2013
Publisher: Atlantic Books

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The Pedant's ambition is simple. He wants to cook tasty, nutritious food; he wants not to poison his friends; and he wants to expand, slowly and... Read more

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Love, Etc

Love, Etc (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 06/08/2008
Publisher: Vintage

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Hello! We've met before...Yes, I am sure. Positive. About ten years ago. Stuart's right. We have met before, and his best friend Oliver, and... Read more

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England, England

England, England (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 24/04/2008
Publisher: Vintage

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of White. Grotesque,... Read more

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Cross Channel

Cross Channel (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 01/10/2009
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No one has a better perspective on life on both sides of the channel than Julian Barnes. In these exquisitely crafted stories spanning several... Read more

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The Porcupine

The Porcupine (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 144 pages
Published: 05/11/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader of a former Soviet satellite country, is on trial. His adversary, the prosecutor general, stands for the... Read more

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Talking it Over

Talking it Over (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 06/08/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night,... Read more

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A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters

A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 06/08/2009
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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,... Read more

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Staring at the Sun

Staring at the Sun (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 05/11/2009
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From the 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,... Read more

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Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 06/08/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Flaubert's Parrot deals with Flaubert, parrots, bears and railways; with our sense of the past... Read more

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Before She Met Me

Before She Met Me (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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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... Read more

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Metroland

Metroland (Paperback)

by Julian Barnes

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Vintage

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Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In... Read more

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