WINNER 2011 - Man Booker Prize
LONGLIST 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
United Kingdom, March 2012
A novel so compelling that it begs to
be read in a single setting,The
Sense of an Endinghas
the psychological and emotional depth and
sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a
stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
This intense novel follows Tony
Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a
past he never thought much about—until his closest
childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of
them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a
life for himself, and his career has provided him
with a secure retirement and an amicable
relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now
has a family of her own. But when he is presented
with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his
estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
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 in middle age.
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.
The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man
coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with
trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is
the work of one of the world's most distinguished
About the Author
Julian Barnes is the author of eleven
novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A
History of the World in 10 Chapters and Arthur &
George. The Sense of an Ending is his most recent
novel and the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize
for Fiction. He has also written three books of
short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and
Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters
from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in
the Kitchen. His work has been translated into more
than thirty languages. In France he is the only
writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for
Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking
it Over). In 2004 he received the Austrian State
Prize for European Literature, and in 2011 he was
awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. He
lives in London.