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 Nothing To Be Frightened Of, which won the 2021 Yasnaya Polyana Prize in Russia. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.
[Barnes] is always clever, often original and unusually funny...
Elizabeth Finch...offers plenty to chew on...with barely a
sentence in it that doesn't have some nutritional value. --
John Self * The Times *
A singular tale. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2022* *
Everything Barnes writes changes everything... Barnes's latest novel, must be read at least twice for the full force of its voltage to be felt... A cryptic crossword of a novel, Elizabeth Finch is a tricksier and even brainier version of Flaubert's Parrot. -- Frances Wilson * Oldie *
The book's central and most enthralling section...deals with a figure EF esteemed as a kindred spirit: Julian the Apostate... A bravura exercise in nimbly handled erudition... [Elizabeth Finch] also celebrates the cast of mind Barnes most prizes. A connoisseur and master of irony himself, he fills this book with instances of its exhilarating power. -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times *
Elizabeth Finch ranks alongside Barnes' best. -- Joshua Pugh Ginn * UK Press Syndication *
A new novel from Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes is always a literary event, and Elizabeth Finch...is not different. Wistful, thought-provoking stuff. * Sunday Telegraph *
This is...Julian Barnes...in his best ambitious high concept mode, serious and playful at once. -- Lindsay Duguid * Tablet, *Novel of the Week* *