• "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