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The stories in Julian Barnes long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents- of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings. In East Wind a divorced estate agent falls in love with a European waitress, but is tempted, despite his happiness, to investigate her past; in The Limner a deaf painter discovers his patron s likeness after spending time among his staff. Anchored off the coast of Brazil, Garibaldi spies his future wife through a telescope, and in Marriage Lines , a widower returns to a remote Scottish Island to relive a favourite holiday. These are also lives in flux in the stages, transitions, arguments; incompatibilities which grow - as in the title story, where a man reflects on the break-up of his marriage, brought into new perspective by the actions of his parents; two writers, a good team , return from an event rehearsing familiar arguments; in Gardener s World , a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. Positioned in between are a series of evenings at Phil & Joanna s ,
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A brilliant, moving, poignant collection of stories, from the author of Cross Channel and The Lemon Table

About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including 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; four collections of essays; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Levels of Life. He lives in London.

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"Pulse is Barnes's 17th book and is a masterclass in the shorter form." -- Elizabeth Day * Observer * "Julian Barnes writes so exquisitely that every page of this collection contains literary pearls" * Mail on Sunday * "All the stories in Pulse have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction" * New Statesman * "Masterclasses in the form, full of the sidelong wit and intelligence that make the writer one of our most consistently deft short-form stylists" * Daily Telegraph * "Barnes' stylish prose, eye for emotional detail and sense of absurdity never let him down... He suits the short story very well" * Literary Review *

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