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Julian Barnes

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

19/01/1946 -
  • One of our most admired and feted literary novelists, Barnes 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' 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 CoeMartin Amis and Iris Murdoch.

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Non-fiction Book of the Month - Levels of Life

Posted on 1st Apr, 2014 by Guest contributor

Read an extract from our Non-fiction Book of the Month, Julian Barnes' Man Booker nominated Levels of Life - a story of ballooning, photography, love and his grief at losing his wife...