Books by Julian Barnes

Arthur & George Selected for the Man Booker Longlist Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England on January 19, 1946. He was educated at the City of London School from 1957 to 1964 and at Magdalen College, Oxford, from which he graduated in modern


LEVELS OF LIFE by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"Barnes' reticence is as eloquent as it is soul-shuddering."
A book about the death of a spouse that is unlike any other—book or spouse—and thus illuminates the singularity as well as the commonality of grieving. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE WINDOW by Julian Barnes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Not every piece will connect with every reader, but Barnes is a fine literary companion."
The focus on books and literature makes this more cohesive than the usual collection of journalistic miscellany. Read full book review >
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A knockout. What at first seems like a polite meditation on childhood and memory leaves the reader asking difficult questions about how often we strive to paint ourselves in the best possible light."
A man's closest-held beliefs about a friend, former lover and himself are undone in a subtly devastating novella from Barnes. Read full book review >
PULSE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another impressive addition to an already impressive oeuvre. "
Elegance and versatility—those familiar Barnes strengths define this latest story collection from the distinguished British author. Read full book review >
NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2008

"Gentle and lucid—a welcome change from the polemical tone of so many books on the matter (or antimatter, if you like) of the big guy upstairs."
Life's a bichon, and then you die. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND GEORGE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A triumph."
British author Barnes's deeply satisfying tenth novel, based on a turn-of-the-century cause célèbre. Read full book review >
THE LEMON TABLE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2004

"Fine stories, well rounded and grounded. Six of the eleven have appeared in The New Yorker."
Eleven old-fashioned stories that take their time but are riveting, muscular, and real. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF PAIN by Alphonse Daudet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2003

"Harrowing and altogether memorable."
For devoted readers of Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain and Baudelaire's fevered journals, a 19th-century account of slow death by syphilis. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO DECLARE by Julian Barnes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"Still, those planning a trip to the Louvre or a browsing tour through the stacks devoted to la belle France will find Barnes's essays to be a worthy companion."
A most un-English embrace of all (well, most) things French by the noted English novelist (Love, Etc., 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
LOVE, ETC. by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Intelligent and skillful probings of marriage, love, and all that follows as the disappointing years drag on."
Barnes (England, England, 1999, etc., etc.) goes back to his 1991 ménage à trois (Talking It Over) with results that seem slight at first but deepen satisfyingly. Read full book review >
ENGLAND, ENGLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: May 10, 1999

"A provocative dystopian fable that's also a superb vehicle for Barnes's unfailingly fiendish riffs on contemporary political, economic, and sexual underhandedness and overkill."
A mischievous satire on the marketing of illusion and a trenchant analysis of a rootless woman's interrupted pursuit of authenticity are joined in a highly original way in this consummately entertaining novel, the eighth by the dependably clever British author. Read full book review >
CROSS CHANNEL by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 1996

"A very uneven display of this very skillful author's obvious talents."
A first collection of ten thematically linked stories, each of which deals with Britain's experience of France, from a sophisticated observer of both countries. Read full book review >
THE PORCUPINE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Little about much."
Barnes's famously light touch is applied to a bar of lead here: the nauseated, exhausted atmosphere of a newly de-Socialized Balkan state. Read full book review >
TALKING IT OVER by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"He neatens away its essences."
Barnes constructs a triangle here, then another one, upended—in this chamber cantata of voices about adultery. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS by Julian Barnes
Released: Oct. 9, 1989

"Deft and light-footed, but Barnes' increasing tendency to be a lo-cal Calvino seems a waste of his gilts."
The Mel Brooks-y title isn't a good augury here: it alerts you to just how shtick-like what's to come will be. Read full book review >
STARING AT THE SUN by Julian Barnes
Released: April 2, 1987

"Not truly a novel, then—nor satisfying as one—but added proof of Barnes' deft skill for artistic and intellectual cubism."
Barnes (Flaubert's Parrot) has used portraiture-at-three-ages before, in 1980's Metroland. Read full book review >
FLAUBERT'S PARROT by Julian Barnes
Released: March 8, 1984

"So—for connoisseurs of Flaubert or of fiction generally: an economical, balanced, gliding defense of the artist and his art—cast in an oddly undefinable form that's very special but never precious."
Sly, quite witty, and very smart: an elegant meditation on the precincts of Art and Life, embodied in that great polar-bear of these two antipodes—Flaubert. Read full book review >
METROLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: June 6, 1980

But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength. Read full book review >