The Only Story (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 07/02/2019
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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 Britain's greatest mappers of the human heart.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708313
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 197 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


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'A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating.' - Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times

'Critics reckon it's Barnes's best novel for many years and roundly praised the 'emotional acuity' of his writing.' - Laura Powell, The Telegraph

'Exquisite.' - Kate Clanchy, The Guardian

'Emotionally acute, profoundly beautiful, as droll as it is deep... this has to be one of the smartest novels that 2018 has to offer.' - Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday

'A gentle, bleak, and brilliant novel.' - Jon Day, The Financial Times

'Immensely powerful.' - Alex Clark, New Statesman

'This intense, taut, sad and often beautiful tale may well be Barnes' best novel for years.' - Lara Feigel, The Spectator

'A tender and heartbreaking novel.' - Alex Preston, The Observer

'As quiet and aching and intimate as a James Blake ballad.' - Rupert Goold

'A sensitive look at what makes lovers tick.' - Robbie Millen, The Times

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“What is love, what is happiness....”

I absolutely loved this tender, beautifully written story about first love, how it affects us throughout our lives.

The reminisce of a one and only love is told in a wonderfully lyrical and melancholic way.

It is an... More

Hardback edition
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“A love story with a difference”

Julian Barnes is one of our finest authors and I have loved the majority of his books; if you've read him before (particularly 'The Sense of an Ending') you'll have some idea of the ground he... More

Hardback edition
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“Bewitching”

Definitely my favourite of Julian Barnes’s works for a long time - almost up there with his superb 2005 novel Arthur & George. Barnes writes about memories so beautifully it doesn’t take long to become bewitched... More

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