WINNER 2011 - Man Booker Prize
LONGLIST 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
A New York Times
"The Sense of an Ending
has the markings of a classic of English Literature. It is exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each reading."
—Dame Stella Rimington, Chair of the 2011 Man Booker Prize judges
“Barnes builds a powerful atmosphere of shame and silence. . . . As ever, Barnes excels at colouring everyday reality with his narrator’s unique subjectivity, without sacrificing any of its vivid precision. . . . Novel, fertile and memorable.” —The Guardian
“Compelling. . . . His reputation will surely be enhanced by this book. Do not be misled by its brevity. Its mystery is as deeply embedded as the most archaic of memories.”
—Anita Brookner, The Telegraph
“Short and sharp. . . . A true master of his craft, Barnes’s precise and economic prose is often a delight, and he packs in some vivid characterisation, scene-drawing and emotional insight within his brief 150 pages.” —The List
“Barnes has effectively doubled the length of the book by giving us a final revelation that obliges us to reread it. Without overstating his case in the slightest, Barnes’s story is a meditation on the unreliability and falsity of memory. . . . Such a slyly subversive book.” —London Evening Standard
“A dexterously crafted narrative of unlooked-for consequences.” —The Sunday Times
"A brief but potent work about memory, class, sex and the way we imperfectly bear witness to our own lives.... Each of Barnes's meticulously written sentences bears lingering over, and the novella's impact has a visceral power."
—Winnipeg Free Press
"Julian Barnes may well have written his best novel--he has certainly told a wonderful story that is all too human and all so real."
—The Irish Times
Praise for Julian Barnes:
“Julian Barnes is one of those marvelously inventive authors who writes a very different book each time. He experiments with historical and contemporary fiction, memoir, biography and essays, seamlessly moving from genre to genre. . . . His prose is rich without being showy; he has a precision and economy of language that at times recalls William Trevor.” —The Oregonian
“Barnes is among the most adventurous writers—in style, versatility and narrative structure—of his Amis-McEwan-Hitchens generation.” —
Christopher Benfey, The New York Times Book Review
“Barnes is a versatile man of letters. From Flaubert’s Parrot
to Love, Etc.
, Barnes’s fiction is rich and entertaining. His prose is as playful as it is supple and rich.” —
Thomas F. Staley, Ransom Center Director
“The David Cohen Prize is in effect a UK version of the Nobel Prize for Literature, open to writers of fiction and non-fiction, comedy and tragedy. . . . What is remarkable about Julian Barnes is that he has excelled in all these areas. The already extraordinary list of David Cohen Prize–winning authors has been fittingly extended.” —
Mark Lawson, David Cohen Prize citation
JULIAN BARNES is the author of three books of stories, two collections of essays, eleven novels, including A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
and Arthur & George
(finalist for the Man Booker Prize), and a non-fiction book, Nothing to Be Frightened Of
. His honours include the Prix Medicis, the Prix Femina, the Somerset Maugham Award and the E. M. Forster Award. He lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.