• [A] beautifully produced and judiciously illustrated collection.

    Keith Miller, 4 stars, Daily Telegraph
  • The essay on Lucian completely brilliant. I feel uplifted by it... It is a wonderful book.

    Celia Paul
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Evening Standard

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