• Pulse is Barnes’s 17th book and is a masterclass in the shorter form.

    Elizabeth Day, Observer
  • Julian Barnes writes so exquisitely that every page of this collection contains literary pearls

    Mail on Sunday
  • All the stories in Pulse have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction

    New Statesman
  • Masterclasses in the form, full of the sidelong wit and intelligence that make the writer one of our most consistently deft short-form stylists

    Daily Telegraph
  • Barnes' stylish prose, eye for emotional detail and sense of absurdity never let him down... He suits the short story very well

    Literary Review

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