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The Only Story


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A profoundly moving story of first love and memory from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending

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Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Sunday Times bestsellers The Noise of Time and The Only Story. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and three books of non-fiction, including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life and The Man in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.


A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating. -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times *
Exquisite. -- Kate Clanchy * Guardian *
Emotionally acute, profoundly beautiful, as droll as it is deep... this has to be one of the smartest novels that 2018 has to offer. -- Hephzibah Anderson * Mail on Sunday *
A gentle, bleak, and brilliant novel. -- Jon Day * Financial Times *
Immensely powerful. -- Alex Clark * New Statesman *
This intense, taut, sad and often beautiful tale may well be Barnes' best novel for years. -- Lara Feigel * Spectator *
A tender and heartbreaking novel. -- Alex Preston * Observer *
As quiet and aching and intimate as a James Blake ballad. -- Rupert Goold
A sensitive look at what makes lovers tick. -- Robbie Millen * The Times *
A vivid dramatization of the narcissism of obsessive love. * Economist *

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