The Only Story

The Only Story

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Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.

As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of Britain's greatest mappers of the human heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 197g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784708313
  • 9781784708313
  • 52,637

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"Immensely powerful."
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A vivid dramatization of the narcissism of obsessive love. * Economist * A sensitive look at what makes lovers tick. -- Robbie Millen * The Times * As quiet and aching and intimate as a James Blake ballad. -- Rupert Goold A tender and heartbreaking novel. -- Alex Preston * Observer * This intense, taut, sad and often beautiful tale may well be Barnes' best novel for years. -- Lara Feigel * Spectator * Immensely powerful. -- Alex Clark * New Statesman * A gentle, bleak, and brilliant novel. -- Jon Day * Financial Times * 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 * Exquisite. -- Kate Clanchy * Guardian * A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating. -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times *
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About Julian Barnes

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.
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10,224 ratings
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4 37% (3,827)
3 31% (3,179)
2 9% (970)
1 2% (255)
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