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Julian Barnes

Parade's End
  • Parade's End

  • Ford Madox Ford

    Ford Madox Ford's great masterpiece exploring love and identity during the First World War, in a Penguin Classics edition with an introduction by Julian Barnes.

    A masterly novel of destruction and regeneration, Parade's End follows the story of aristocrat Christopher Tietjens as his world is shattered by the First World War. Tracing the psychological damage inflicted by battle, the collapse of England's secure Edwardian values - embodied in Christopher's wife, the beautiful, cruel socialite Sylvia - and the beginning of a new age, epitomized by the suffragette Valentine Wannop, Parade's End is an elegy for both the war dead and the passing of a way of life.

    'The finest English novel about the Great War'
    Malcolm Bradbury

    'The best novel by a British writer ... It is also the finest novel about the First World War. It is also the finest novel about the nature of British society'
    Anthony Burgess

    'There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade's End is one of them'
    W.H. Auden

    'The English prose masterpiece of the time'
    William Carlos Williams

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.