Talking it Over
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|Format:||Paperback, 288 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 06 August 2009|
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night, where he meets Gillian, a picture restorer recovering from a destructive affair. Stuart's best friend Oliver is his complete opposite - a language teacher who 'talks like a dictionary', brash and feckless. Soon Stuart and Gillian are married, but it is not long before a tentative friendship between the three evolves into something far different. Talking it Over is a brilliant and intimate account of love's vicissitudes. It begins as a comedy of misunderstanding, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.
About the Author
Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, Arthur & George and most recently The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His work has been translated into more than forty languagesas well as Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story) (2012). In France he is the only British writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). In 2004 he received the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and in 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. He lives in London.
A 'wonderfully funny..intelligent...moving' novel (Independent on Sunday) from Man Booker Prize-winning Julian Barnes.
"Few writers think and talk so beguilingly. This book is wonderfully funny. And intelligent. And moving" Independent on Sunday "Quicksilver clever and allusive" The Times "Scintillating... It's funny, quick on the draw, and knows when to soften the gaze. It reads so smoothly, the pages seem to flip themselves" Observer "A writer of rare intelligence. He catches the detail of contemporary life with an uncanny forensic skill... He is, as always, a superb ironist, a connoisseur of middling, muddling, modern England" London Review of Books "A wonderfully wistful and funny novel" Daily Telegraph
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.21 kg)|