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
  • 2,582

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"Immensely powerful."
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"A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating." -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times * "Critics reckon it's Barnes's best novel for many years and roundly praised the `emotional acuity' of his writing." -- Laura Powell * Telegraph * "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 *
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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, 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. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.
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7,574 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,531)
4 37% (2,812)
3 31% (2,316)
2 9% (718)
1 3% (197)
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