Author(s): Julian Barnes
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize . Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. 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. This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all it is a profound and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove.
A brilliant novel that will take Julian Barnes sales to a new level: his most accessible, most heartfelt novel ever.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Best Read of the Year 2006 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2007.
" Extraordinary.... First rate.... A cracking good yarn."
- "The New York Times Book Review"
" An absorbing fictional re-creation of a real-life detective story. . . . A finely evocative historical novel as well as a morally and psychologically astute glimpse into the worlds of two men."
- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
" Masterly throughout. . . . The author keeps the reader on edge."
- "The Washington Post Book World"
" Deeply satisfying. . . . From the first chapter, Barnes has us in his thrall." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
" A page-turner.... "Arthur & George" is by far Mr. Barnes's most pressurized novel to date." - "The Wall Street Journal"
" Utterly absorbing, beautifully crafted.... Rich and immensely readable.... A stream of flawless, driving sentences.... A great novel." - "O, The Oprah Magazine"
" A marvelous book." - "Entertainment Weekly," " A"
" His most engrossing novel ever." - Jay McInerney, "The New York Observer"
Julian Barnes is the author of eight novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 Chapters, England, England and Love Etc., and two collections of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.