Reviews

  • [A] beautifully produced and judiciously illustrated collection.

    Keith Miller, 4 stars, Daily Telegraph
  • I became entirely mesmerised by Barnes’ prose… Keeping an Eye Open is a rich and thoughtful book that should not be rushed. These essays are too full of chiaroscuro, their flashes of illumination too fascinating, their connections too interesting for a cursory reading.

    Roma Tearne, Independent
  • It’s a readable, riveting, informed work with sharp, marvelous anecdotes and observations. In this beautifully illustrated book you’re in great company. Barnes is a sane and steady guide… Wonderful stuff.

    Niall McMonagle, Irish Independent
  • Extremely rewarding, informative, attentive, thoughtful, entertaining essays.

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • This is an erudite, entertaining and highly personal collection of essays from the Booker Prize-winning novelist.

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
  • For their insights all these essays are worth reading.

    Brian Sewell, Oldie
  • Barnes’s essays abound in verbal images that are pictorially vivid.

    Peter Conrad, Observer
  • This magnificent survey draws its strength from its intensely personal focus, each piece reverberating off others despite the long span of their composition. It’s a stream of thinking, over years, rather than a set of disparate essays… [A] fascinating and brilliant book.

    Jan Dalley, Financial Times
  • The pieces show Barnes to be a sympathetic and enthusiastic critic, with a tremendous ability to convey the visceral impact of a painting.

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times
  • A brilliant collection of essays by the novelist.

    Mail on Sunday

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