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  • Appetite (Storycuts)by Julian Barnes

    Random House 2011; US$ 3.18

    With her husband descending into the advanced stages of dementia, Vivian discovers that reading from his favourite cookery books can call forth a temporary alleviation and a flash of happiness. But her husband's fading memory compromises her own recollections and brings about disappointments, in both the connections she wants to believe and those... more...

  • Arthur and Georgeby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later?one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world?s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his... more...

  • Bark / The Silence (Storycuts)by Julian Barnes

    Random House 2011; US$ 3.18

    In 'Bark', Jeanne-Etiene Delacour takes pleasure in the avoidance of any threat to his longevity. Formerly a gourmand and a gambler but now an ascetic, his fastidious new lifestyle is the result of an investment in a public works project - one which holds the promise of considerable reward for the last investor to survive. As he draws black lines... more...

  • Before She Met Meby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    At the start of this fiendishly comic and suspenseful novel, a mild-mannered English academic chuckles as he watches his wife commit adultery. The action takes place before she met him. But lines between film and reality, past and present become terrifyingly blurred in this sad and funny tour de force from the author of Flaubert's Parrot . From... more...

  • Cross Channelby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    In his first collection of short stories, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside... more...

  • England, Englandby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    Booker Prize Finalist "Wickedly funny." -- The New York Times Imagine an England where all the pubs are quaint,  where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry.  This is precisely what visionary tycoon, Sir Jack Pitman, seeks to accomplish on the... more...

  • Flaubert's Parrotby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    A kind of detective story, relating a cranky amateur scholar's search for the truth about Gustave Flaubert, and the obsession of this detective whose life seems to oddly mirror those of Flaubert's characters. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Fruit Cage (Storycuts)by Julian Barnes

    Random House 2011; US$ 3.18

    Christopher's early declaration that he has known his parents all his life is shown to be misguided. Following the widowing of one of their associates, and the emergence of their latter day estrangement, he realises he must re-evaluate the history of his parents' relationship. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published... more...

  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chaptersby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noah's ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven! From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Hygiene (Storycuts)by Julian Barnes

    Random House 2011; US$ 3.18

    Major 'Jacko' Jackson, now retired, takes his yearly, self-appointed furlough to London. But time has moved on, and the kitchenware on the itemised task list his wife has provided him with is not the only thing he finds out of stock. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table . more...