Books by Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes returns with a Booker Prize-winning novel while Michael Parker wins big praise for his historical story set in North Carolina. In nonfiction, there are memoirs by writer Joan Didion and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, plus David M. Eagleman looks into the secret life of the brain.
Former Los Angeles prosecutor Marcia Clark debuts as a mystery writer, and Julian Barnes returns with stories of love. Robert Putnam and David Campbell look at American religion, Ron Rosenbaum warns of the potential for nuclear war, and Bing West evaluates military failures in Afghanistan.
These character-driven novels featuring fracturing families, intrepid scientists and one very plucky early American heroine will spark lively debate on everything from the unreliability of memory to scientific ethics.
This year, the best books are those that remain with readers long after they turn the last page. Whether a sprawling nonfiction narrative, a riveting first novel or a wrenching memoir, these keepers are unforgettable.
Julian Barnes' Man Booker award-winning The Sense of an Ending investigates the power of self-delusion and how our memories are more edited than we believe.
In England, where sniping at Booker Prize finalists is a national sport, this year's bickering was especially fierce. But last night's award of the prize to Julian Barnes' absorbing, elegant The Sense of an Ending provided ... just that.
When divorced Tony Webster receives an unexpected inheritance, he's pulled back into the past, to the end of his first relationship and the boyhood friend who picked up where he left off. Barnes tells a quietly devastating tale of memory, aging, time and remorse in The Sense of an Ending.
Barnes' graceful, conversational collection of stories deftly probes love, loss and matters of the heart. His diverse characters span countries and centuries, and with sharp, engaging dialogue they grapple with what it means to fall in — and stay in — love.
How do we live with the knowledge that death comes to all? Julian Barnes mixes memoir with philosophy as he zigzags briskly through the scientific, religious and emotional significance of living finite lives.
An infamous case of wrongful conviction — which took the efforts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to resolve — is the subject of the new novel from Julian Barnes. Arthur and George vividly details how the lives of two utter strangers intersected in what was known as "the Great Wyrley Outrages."