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  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099540090
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99
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Staring At The Sun




Teasing fullness, wit, incisiveness, gentleness and generosity' Times Literary Supplement

Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we learn cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099540090
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

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 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 Staring At The Sun

“None of Mr Barnes's previous work... has quite prepared us for the bewildering maturity of Staring at the Sun...it dazzles in depth”

Harpers & Queen

“Brilliant... Mr Barnes's work is at the forefront of a new internationalization of British fiction”

Carlos Fuentes, New York Times

“A remarkable and risk-taking book, breezily philosophical and light-fingered, funny and also genuinely affecting in that it touches both the heart and the head”

Glasgow Herald


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