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Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.
First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.
As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.
Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of Britain's greatest mappers of the human heart.
"A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating."
"Emotionally acute, profoundly beautiful, as droll as it is deep... this has to be one of the smartest novels that 2018 has to offer."
"A gentle, bleak, and brilliant novel."
"This intense, taut, sad and often beautiful tale may well be Barnes’ best novel for years."
"A tender and heartbreaking novel."
"As quiet and aching and intimate as a James Blake ballad."
"A sensitive look at what makes lovers tick."
"A vivid dramatization of the narcissism of obsessive love."
Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes' latest novel The Only Story is a poignant and tender portrayal of first love. Read on for an extract
‘Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.’ Author Julian Barnes reads from his forthcoming new novel...
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.