The Sense of an Ending
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The Sense of an Ending

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Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 154g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 1784705632
  • 9781784705633
  • 278,965

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"A masterpiece... I would urge you to read - and re-read - The Sense of an Ending"
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"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 * "An extremely moving, a precise book about the imprecision of memory and how it constructs people, stories and histories." -- Alasitair Bruce * Guardian * "From the moment that we hear from the woodworm which snuck aboard Noah's ark to the final pages of the novel, Barnes interrogates moral dilemmas and motivations. These tales could easily be read is isolation, but are much better when consumed as a whole." * WeAreTheCity * "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 *
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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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Rating details

125,757 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 22% (28,123)
4 40% (49,974)
3 27% (33,860)
2 8% (10,669)
1 2% (3,131)
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