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Julian Barnes reads The Only Story

‘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.’

Author Julian Barnes reads from his forthcoming new novel...

One of our most treasured storytellers Julian Barnes gives us a reading from the forthcoming The Only Story. His novel The Sense of an Ending won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 and was made in to a film staring Jim Broadbent in 2017. His last novel The Noise of Time was a Sunday Times bestseller and his new novel, following nineteen year old Paul, is published in February 2018.

The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.

Here, read by the author, are the first few pages...

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The Only Story

Julian Barnes

**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

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 wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.

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