** The Sunday Times Number One bestseller ** A Daily Telegraph / Financial Times / Guardian / Sunday Times / The Times / New Statesman / Observer Book of the Year ''BARNES''S MASTERPIECE.'' - OBSERVER In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return. So begins Julian Barnes''s first novel since his Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending . A story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage, it is the work of a true master.
A memoir about the author's family and an exchange with his brother (a philosopher). This book also covers meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard.
A brilliant novel that will take Julian Barnes sales to a new level, his longest, most accessible, most heartfelt novel ever.
Tells about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.
If Julian Barnes' new collection of stories has a theme, it is 'rage in age', as each character faces death in a different way. The settings range from 18th-century Sweden to the 'Barnet Shop', a hairdressing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts. In another story, a music lover campaigns against those who cough in concerts.
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, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.
A collection of stories that are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations.