'A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read ' Daily Telegraph
**Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011**
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.
Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.
Now a major film
"A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read - The Sense of an Ending"
"Mesmerising... the concluding scenes grip like a thriller - a whodunit of memory and morality"
"A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived... Barnes has achieved...something of universal importance"
"A precise, poignant portrait of the costs and benefits of time passing, of friendship, of love. A small masterpiece"
"A wonderful story that is all too human and all so real"
From novels about parenting to making love last, here are some great books to read in your forties.
No year is complete without a bit of reading reflection, and as we gaze at 2019's shelves, we're more than a bit pleased with the boldness and breadth of the last 12 months of VINTAGE books. From an insider's look at the realities of modern-day poverty to an acclaimed expose of the data bias towards men, and a long-awaited, Booker-winning dystopian smash hit, here are 10 of the biggest highlights.
Man Booker Prize-winner Julian Barnes discusses the cover design of his new novel, The Noise of Time, with Suzanne Dean. Joined by Alex Clark, they recall key moments in their twenty-year working relationship, as well as the iconic covers that have been created.