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Julian Barnes: The Only Story (Novel)

The brilliant new novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending. Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.

As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.
Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur.

 

 

“Most of my friends were far-flung, and –
by some unexpressed but clear parental mandate –
use of the telephone was discouraged.
A letter, and then a letter in reply.
It was all slow-paced, and lonely.”

from: The Only Story

 

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, includingThe Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; four collections of essays; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Levels of Life. He lives in London.

“A novel that quietly sinks its hooks into the reader and refuses to let go.” – The Times

Julian Barnes
The Only Story
Novel
Hardback, £16.99
224 pages
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
01 February 2018
ISBN: 9781787330696

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