The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

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'A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read ' Daily Telegraph

**Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011**

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 retired. 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.

Now a major film
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 145g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099564971
  • 9780099564973
  • 92,236

Review Text

A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived... Barnes has achieved...something of universal importance
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Review quote

A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read - The Sense of an Ending * Daily Telegraph * Mesmerising... the concluding scenes grip like a thriller - a whodunit of memory and morality * Independent * A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived... Barnes has achieved...something of universal importance -- Justin Cartwright * Observer * A precise, poignant portrait of the costs and benefits of time passing, of friendship, of love. A small masterpiece -- Erica Wagner * The Times * A wonderful story that is all too human and all so real * Irish 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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Rating details

162,266 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 23% (38,004)
4 40% (64,119)
3 26% (42,434)
2 8% (13,389)
1 3% (4,320)

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This is a great read, short but kept my interest. Its hard to work out whether I like the main character or think he is a bit of a git who played it 'safe' all his life.show more
by Allyson A
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