• Always intelligent and perceptive, but so beautifully written that it’s easy to understand.

    Jancis Robinson, Week
  • Intelligent and perceptive, but so beautifully written it’s easy to understand… He captures the complex relationship between the French and the English.

    Jancis Robinson, Waitrose Weekend
  • Wonderfully ironic, perceptive and at times tender... Barnes has created something unique in his work, a particular way of looking at life, at words, at relationships, which is the mark of every true stylist

    Financial Times
  • His writing demonstrates the billowing lightness of imagination... reading these stories, you perceive and love France afresh... Cross Channel is characterised by the intelligence, irony and wit you associate with his writing, but it is also suffused with feeling, deeply seasoned with affection

  • A glittering collection of stories... His marvellously supple and exact prose is matched with subjects that powerfully stir his creativity... It's impossible to imagine a fictional panorama of Britain's long relationship with France realized with more cordial understanding

    Sunday Times

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