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Vintage Minis bring you the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between

When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all.

Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

Also in the Vintage Minis series:
Calm by Tim Parks
Drinking by John Cheever
Babies by Anne Enright
Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley


Both fun and funny. It is sharp too, in the sense of painful as well as witty... Barnes dissects with tremendous verve and insight this awesome inevitability of death and its impact on the human psyche. He also tears at your heart

New Statesman

Imagine our joy when Vintage announced that it is publishing a collection of easily digestible books from the world’s most celebrated writers on the experiences that make us human… They look good and read well. That’s win/win in our book.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    128 pages

    RRP $7.99

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Also by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending
The Noise of Time
A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters (Vintage Past)
Keeping an Eye Open
Levels of Life
Through the Window
A Short History of Hairdressing (Storycuts)
Bark / The Silence (Storycuts)
Appetite (Storycuts)
The Things You Know (Storycuts)
The Story of Mats Israelson (Storycuts)
The Revival (Storycuts)
The Fruit Cage (Storycuts)
Knowing French (Storycuts)
Hygiene (Storycuts)
Vigilance (Storycuts)
Staring At The Sun
Before She Met Me
Talking It Over
A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters
Flaubert's Parrot
Nothing To Be Frightened Of


Beyond Good And Evil
Island Home
Nothing To Be Frightened Of
The Dream Of Reason
Maori Boy
Christopher and His Kind
A Confession And Other Religious Writings
Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl
On Being Awesome
The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature
Logical Family
Yes, Indeed
The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality
Mockingbird Songs
One Man and a Mule
The Kingdom
The Power of Meaning
Smile Please
At Home In The World