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The Lemon Table

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 From the hairdessing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts, to the concert hall where a music lover carries out an obsessive campaign against those who cough in concerts; from the woman who reads elaborate recipes to her sick husband as a substitute for sex, to the woman 'incarcerated' in an old people's home beginning a correspondence with an author that enriches both their lives - all Barnes' characters, in their different ways, square up to death and rage against the dying light.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099554992
  • 9780099554998
  • 100,409

About Julian Barnes

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.show more

Review quote

"All [the stories] are a joy to read as Barnes glides between forms...Each story is distinct and indelible, a tribute to the form. Above all they make you think about growing old and what, if anything, can be done about it." * Glasgow Herald * "All have a photographic clarity, a psychological realism that embraces extremes of feeling...with a deliciously wry streak" * Observer * "Barnes's steely wit finds best expression when inhabiting the anguished and angry... Their brilliance rather plays upon our petty furies and failures, embellishing them with self-deprecatory wryness...entrancing and curiously cheering" * New Statesman * "Masterly...his best stories have a strong air of Maupassant about them...extraordinarily effective...a compelling series of vignettes of old age, executed with great skill" * Daily Telegraph * "Splendid, beautiful...reads like Turgenev" * Spectator *show more

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"Splendid, beautiful...reads like Turgenev"show more

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2,049 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (816)
3 31% (636)
2 8% (161)
1 2% (37)
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