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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088745
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Metroland




A stunning special edition of Julian Barnes's first novel with a new introduction from the author and eye-opening unseen archive material

A special edition of Julian Barnes's first novel with an introduction from the author and previously unseen archive material.

Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school, they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland: the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home.

Longing for real life to begin, Christopher makes for Paris in time for les événements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love. And before long he finds himself drawn inevitably back to Metroland and the very life he was trying to escape...

This special edition contains unseen archive material including letters from early fans such as Philip Larkin and Dodie Smith, contemporary reviews, a deleted scene from the original manuscript as well as an introduction from the author.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088745
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

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 Metroland

If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel

New Statesman

It's one of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read

Times Educational Supplement

Irony and imagery are deployed with a finesse even Flaubert wouldn't wince at...consumately elegant

Sunday Times

If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed, and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel

New Statesman

One of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read

Times Literary Supplement

Consummately elegant

Sunday Times

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