Barnes Wins 2011 Man Booker Prize For Fiction

British novelist and betting favourite, Julian Barnes, has won this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel, The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathan Cape. Barnes had three previous books shortlisted for the prize; Arthur and George (2005), England, England (1998) and Flaubert’s Parrot (1984).



Book Blurb:
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

Bio:
Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, three books of short stories and three collections of journalism. Now 65, his work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert’s Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2011 for his lifetime achievement in literature.
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