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  • Published: 2 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099540076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

Before She Met Me

A remarkably original and subtle novel' Frank Kermode, New York Review of Books

Graham Hendrick, an historian, has left his wife Barbara for the vivacious Ann, and is more than pleased with his new life. Until, that is, the day he discovers Ann's celluloid past as a mediocre film actress. Soon Graham is pouncing on old clues, examining her books for inscriptions from past lovers, frequenting cinemas and poring over the bad movies she appeared in. It’s not that he blames Anne for having a past before they met, but history has always mattered to him…

  • Pub date: 2 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099540076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and The Noise of Time. 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 Légion d'honneur.

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Praise for Before She Met Me

“Funny, sad and faintly ominous...making jealousy tangible and dangerous”

Harriet Waugh, Spectator

“An intelligent and addictive entertainment... Mr Barnes has succeeded in writing one of those books that keep us up until 2am reading just one chapter more... few will be able to resist its easy humour and almost insidious readability”

New York Times Book Review


Daily Express

“Concise and witty about psychology, ideas and love, in all its many forms”

Rosamund Pike, The Times

“Frighteningly plausible... stunningly well done”


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