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Arthur & George
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A novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race; about what we think, what we believe, and what we know. Also, selected for the Man Booker 2005 Shortlist.
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. With vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings this long forgotten case to life, and explores the inner workings of these two very different men.
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‘An impressive feat of empathy and organisation’ The Spectator
'From the first paragraphs we know ourselves to be in the hands of a major novelist and are borne forward by a compelling narrative, beautifully controlled, which combines the satisfactions of biography, social history and the excitement and ratiocination of a real-life detective story. This novel is Barnes at his best.' - The Times
'As ever, Barnes serves up a master-class in character observation, lavishing attention on the minutiae of personality, the subtle and conflicting impulses that drive men and women. Barnes seems equipped to write with humour and elegance about anything he turns his attention to.' - Financial Times
'A fine literary detective novel and a rich evocation of a somewhat troubled England on the cusp of modernity.' - Mail on Sunday
'A beguiling and enormously readable novel.' - Independent
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Publication date4th August 2011
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