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Julian Barnes
(aka Dan Kavanagh, Edward Pygge)
[1946 - ]


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Writing as Dan Kavanagh
  • Duffy (1980)
    A bi-sexual ex-police officer, explores the seedy underbelly of Soho.

  • Fiddle City (1981)
    Duffy explores shading dealings at London's Heathrow Airport.

  • Putting the Boot in (1985)
    Duffy investigates the troubled world of England's Third Division football while also facing questions of his possible encounter with AIDS.

  • Going to the Dogs (1987)
    Duffy finds himself investigating a mysterious death in a country mansion.

  • Duffy Omnibus (1992)

Writing as Edward Pygge
Writing as Julian Barnes

Non-fiction (Essays/Letters/Short Stories)

  • Letters from London (1995)
    Barnes served as London correspondent for the New Yorker between 1990-1995, writing a series of essays under the collective title of "Letters from London". Gathered here, along with a few essays published elsewhere, this collection constitutes Barnes's first published book of non-fiction.

  • Cross Channel (1996)
    A collection of short stories that explore the connections, similarities, and differences between England and France.

  • Something to Declare: Essays on France (2002)
    A collection of essays on the subject of France and French culture written by Barnes over the previous twenty years. Subjects include the Tour de France, French food, and, of course, Gustave Flaubert.

  • The Pedant in the Kitchen (2003)
    A collection of essays on the preparation, consumption, and enjoyment of food.

  • The Lemon Table (2004)
    A collection of short stories on the nuances of life and its insurmountable end.


  • Metroland (1980) -- Winner Somerset Maugham Award for a first novel
    This was Julian Barnes's first novel. It took between 7-8 years to write and draws heavily on his personal experiences growing up in the suburbs of London. Written in three parts, the first section focuses on the friendship of Christopher and Toni and their childhood disgust for the bourgeoisie. The second section finds Christopher in Paris during les événements of 1968, where he misses out on the events because he is too busy having sex. The last section outlines Christopher's life back in the London suburbs, his marriage, his child, and his stable job. When Toni returns to question Christopher's loss of their early childhood philosophy, Christopher is faced with the dilemma of turning his back on his wife and child or acknowledging that he has become what he once despised.

  • Before She Met Me (1982)
    Barnes's second book under his own name. Graham Hendrick divorces, remarries, and finds himself consumed with jealousy as he investigates his new wife's former love affairs. The novel is gritty, shocking, and quite moving in its portrayal of the slow deterioration of its central character.

  • Flaubert's Parrot (1984)
    A kind of detective story, relating a cranky amateur scholar's search for the truth about Gustave Flaubert, and the obsession of this detective whose life seems to oddly mirror those of Flaubert's characters.

  • Staring at the Sun (1986)
    Barnes examines the ordinary life of Jean Serjeant from her childhood in the 1920s through her adulthood to the year 2021. Throughout her life, Jean learns to question the world's idea of truth while she explores the beauty and miracles of everyday life.

  • A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (1989)
    Connecting themes of voyage and discovery, History has become one of Barnes's most studied and talked about novels. The mixture of fictional and historical narratives provides Barnes the opportunity to question our ideas of history, our interpretation of facts, and our search for answers to explain our interaction and placement within the grand scope of history

  • Talking It Over (1991)
    The ostentatious Oliver falls in love with quiet Gillian and wants to marry her. The problem? Gillian has already married Oliver's best and oldest friend, the somewhat stale but stable Stuart. Each character takes turns addressing the reader in this bright and funny "he said/she said/he said" novel.

  • The Porcupine (1992)
    With the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the deposed Party leader Stoyo Petkanov is standing trial for crimes against his country. Unrepentant, Petkanov faces his chief prosecutor, Peter Solinsky, questioning Solinsky's (and the country's) ideas of history and nationalism.

  • England, England (1998)
    Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Within easy walking distance are replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, Harrods, Stonehenge, and the white cliffs of Dover. Martha Cochrane is hired by Sir Jack as his official cynic. The novel follows her development from childhood to retirement as a nation struggles to retain its cultural identity. One of Barnes's finest and funniest novels, England, England calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs. fiction, reality vs. art, nationhood, myth-making, and self-exploration.

  • Love, etc. (2000)
    In Talking It Over, Stuart and Oliver fought for the love of Gillian. One of them won, but what happened next? Love, etc catches up with this trio after ten years only to find more chaos and confusion. Written in the same style as the prequel, Barnes takes the form a few steps further as the characters plead for the reader's attention.

  • Arthur and George (2005)
    As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected.

See also:
  • Understanding Julian Barnes (1997) by Merritt Moseley

  • Language, History, and Metanarrative in the Fiction of Julian Barnes (2001) by Bruce Sesto

  • In the Land of Pain (2002) by Alphonse Daudet, Julian Barnes, Editor and Translator
    Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) was one of the most popular nineteenth-century French novelists, whose work radiated humour and good cheer. What few except those close to him knew was that for his entire adult life he suffered from syphilis, a disease both unmentionable and incurable at the time. What even fewer knew was that for the last dozen years of his life he kept an intimate notebook in which he recorded the inevitable development and terrifying effects of the disease. He described the often alarming treatments he took in the desperate attempt to defeat the disease, and wrote with comic zest about life in the spa-towns to which he was sent for a cure. Even for a time when we are more openly confessional about illness, Daudet remains exemplary and instructive, both in his lucid self-examination and in his amused stoicism. In the Land of Pain was first published by Daudet's widow in 1931.

  • Julian Barnes (2002) by Matthew Pateman

  • The Fiction of Julian Barnes: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (2006) by Vanessa Guignery

  • Writers on Howard Hodgkin (2006), Enrique Juncosa, ed.
    Writers on Howard Hodgkin gathers together for the first time the responses of major contemporary writers to the work of Howard Hodgkin. Through the variety of voices it features and the range of literary approaches they employ, this collection provides remarkable new insights into Hodgkin’s work, as well as examples of some of the most incisive writing on art published in recent years.  Includes contributions by Julian Barnes, Susan Sontag, and William Boyd

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