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  • Published: 27 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473584297
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

Cross Channel

Clever, wise, reflective and imaginative, these stories are permeated with understanding of what it has meant for generations of British people to cross the Channel and make a life in France.

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From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes an enthralling set of short stories.

No one has a better perspective on life on both sides of the channel than Julian Barnes. In these exquisitely crafted stories spanning several centuries, he takes as his universal theme the British in France; from the last days of a reclusive English composer, the beef consuming 'navvies' labouring on the Paris-Rouen railway to a lonely woman mourning the death of her brother on the battlefields of the Somme.

© Julian Barnes 1996 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

  • Published: 27 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473584297
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $18.99

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 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 The Man in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.

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Praise for Cross Channel

Always intelligent and perceptive, but so beautifully written that it’s easy to understand.

Jancis Robinson, Week

Intelligent and perceptive, but so beautifully written it’s easy to understand… He captures the complex relationship between the French and the English.

Jancis Robinson, Waitrose Weekend

Wonderfully ironic, perceptive and at times tender... Barnes has created something unique in his work, a particular way of looking at life, at words, at relationships, which is the mark of every true stylist

Financial Times

His writing demonstrates the billowing lightness of imagination... reading these stories, you perceive and love France afresh... Cross Channel is characterised by the intelligence, irony and wit you associate with his writing, but it is also suffused with feeling, deeply seasoned with affection


Love, sex, art, literature, wars, religion, wine, spirit, the steam engine and, yes, Eurostar: they are all there. All the emotions, attitudes, pursuits and endeavours that typically seem to link Britain to France feature in the first collection of short stories by Julian Barnes...A delightful book


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