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

Metroland




I cannot remember when I enjoyed a first novel more' Daily Telegraph

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, we follow Christopher to Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love, leading, to Toni's disappointment, back to Metroland.

  • Pub date: 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 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 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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