Reviews

  • "What a deliciously intelligent entertainment this is, couched in a prose of enviable suppleness a master is at work here."

    Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
  • "One of his best books, very handsomely published too… [The Man in the Red Coat is] a bravura performance, highly entertaining."

    David Sexton, Evening Standard, Book of the Week
  • "Do not google Samuel Jean Pozzi. If you want to enjoy Julian Barnes’s The Man in the Red Coat — and believe me, it’s teeming with delights — stay away from search engines and trust the author to tell the story in his own way… punctuated by the sound of gunshot[this is a] brilliant, defiantly unconventional book."

    Adam Begley, Spectator
  • "The Belle Époque is brought to life through three colourful lives in this sparkling account stuffed with top fin-de-siècle tittle-tattle."

    Robbie Millen and James Marriott, The Times *The Best Books of 2019*
  • "Julian Barnes’s wonderful The Man in the Red Coat surges round Belle Epoque Paris… a story full of digressions, white peacocks, missing limbs, amusing adverbs and fantastic clothes. An absolute tonic for grey winter days."

    Claire Harman, Evening Standard *Books of the Year*
  • "Fascinating history, biography and philosophy rolled into one. In The Man in the Red Coat, Barnes is the ideal guide toa delightful amble through La Belle Epoquea riveting dissection of an era."

    Martin Chilton, Independent
  • "This elegant, seductive history is a book best read in the spirit of its times. The Man In The Red Coat is less a lesson than a day-dream of France’s golden heyday. Wrap yourself in a Japanese tea gown, languish on a peacock-print sofa and abandon yourself to fin-de-siècle Paris and the ministrations of Doctor Love."

    Laura Freeman, Mail on Sunday
  • "As with his masterpiece, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (1989), [Barnes’] new book [The Man in the Red Coat] seems different from anything ever written before."

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Witty, gossipy and erudite, Julian Barnes brilliantly tells the story of an era through the eyes of a man who knew the writers, thinkers, aristocrats and actors of the day."

    Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
  • "This lavish study of society surgeon Samuel de Pozzi invites us into a world of artists, libertines and medical innovation… [it’s] enjoyably obsessive...biographical detective work."

    Tim Adams, Observer, Book of the Week