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  • Published: 28 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529116076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

Elizabeth Finch

From the Booker Prize-winning author of THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

The Sunday Times bestseller from Booker winner Julian Barnes, this is a thrillingly original novel about truth, history and thinking for ourselves

The Sunday Times Bestseller from the Winner of the Booker Prize

She will change the way you see the world . . .

'I'll remember Elizabeth Finch when most other characters I've met this year have faded' The Times

Elizabeth Finch was a teacher, a thinker, an inspiration. Neil is just one of many who fell under her spell during his time in her class. Tasked with unpacking her notebooks after her death, Neil encounters once again Elizabeth's astonishing ideas on the past and on how to make sense of the present.

But Elizabeth was much more than a scholar. Her secrets are waiting to be revealed . . . and will change Neil's view of the world forever.

'Enthralling . . . A connoisseur and master of irony himself, [Barnes] fills this book with instances of its exhilarating power' Sunday Times

'A lyrical, thoughtful and intriguing exploration of love, grief and the collective myths of history' Booklist

  • Published: 28 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529116076
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Elizabeth Finch

A singular tale.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2022*

[Barnes] is always clever, often original and unusually funny... Elizabeth Finch...offers plenty to chew on...with barely a sentence in it that doesn't have some nutritional value.

John Self, The Times

Everything Barnes writes changes everything... Barnes's latest novel, must be read at least twice for the full force of its voltage to be felt... A cryptic crossword of a novel, Elizabeth Finch is a tricksier and even brainier version of Flaubert's Parrot.

Frances Wilson, Oldie

The book's central and most enthralling section...deals with a figure EF esteemed as a kindred spirit: Julian the Apostate... A bravura exercise in nimbly handled erudition... [Elizabeth Finch] also celebrates the cast of mind Barnes most prizes. A connoisseur and master of irony himself, he fills this book with instances of its exhilarating power.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Elizabeth Finch ranks alongside Barnes' best.

Joshua Pugh Ginn, UK Press Syndication

A new novel from Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes is always a literary event, and Elizabeth Finch...is not different. Wistful, thought-provoking stuff.

Sunday Telegraph

This is...Julian Barnes...in his best ambitious high concept mode, serious and playful at once.

Lindsay Duguid, Tablet, *Novel of the Week*

A surprisingly compelling novel... a thought-provoking book that plays with the relationship between author and reader.