“Compelling. . . . His reputation will surely be enhanced by this book. Do not be misled by its brevity. Its mystery is as deeply embedded as the most archaic of memories.” Anita Brookner, The Telegraph
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Written in beautifully cadenced prose, The Sense of an Ending is a mature writer’s reflections on love and marriage… on family and friendship, on work and death.
Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in January 1946. He has written nine novels, including Flaubert’s Parrot, which was shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and lead to Barnes being the first Englishman to be awarded the Prix Medicis); England, England, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize); and Arthur and George, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2005. He lives in London.
“The Sense of an Ending has the markings of a classic of English Literature. It is exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each reading.” Dame Stella Rimington, Chair of the 2011 Man Booker Prize judges “Barnes builds a powerful atmosphere of shame and silence. . . . As ever, Barnes excels at colouring everyday reality with his narrator’s unique subjectivity, without sacrificing any of its vivid precision. . . . Novel, fertile and memorable.” The Guardian
“A dexterously crafted narrative of unlooked-for consequences.” The Sunday Times“A brief but potent work about memory, class, sex and the way we imperfectly bear witness to our own lives…. Each of Barnes’s meticulously written sentences bears lingering over, and the novella’s impact has a visceral power.” Winnipeg Free Press