A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Naxos, 2007; Audiobook)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. [NA]: Naxos, 2007. 9 CDs. Running time: 10:54:49. Includes a paper booklet (16 p.) with an essay by Roy McMillan. (Audiobook).

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Vintage Books, 2009; Rejacketed 2013)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Vintage Books, 2009. Pp. 309 + [3]. 19.8 x 12.9 cm. ISBN: 9780099540120.

The copyright page states the book is a 12th printing from 2009, but Vintage reissued this redesigned (or “rejacketed”) cover for publication in 2013. Jacket design by Suzanne Dean.

En världshistoria i 10 1/2 kapitel | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Forum, 2018; Swedish)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. En världshistoria i 10 1/2 kapitel | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Stockholm: Forum, 2018. Pp. 368 [369] + [1]. 22 x 14.1 cm. Translated by Ulf Gyllenhak. (Swedish).

To view all of Julian Barnes’s books on the Forum website, please visit: https://www.forum.se/forfattare/15307/julian-barnes/

“And I’m not saying love will make you happy …” (Black Oak Books / Okeanos Press, 1989; Broadside)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “And I’m not saying love will make you happy …” Berkeley, CA: Black Oak Books / Okeanos Press, 1989.

Broadside printed in two colors (black and blue) and measuring 7″x 11″. This broadside was distributed by Black Oak Books upon the occasion of a reading by Barnes at Black Oak Books.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Vintage International, 1990)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Vintage International, 1990. Pp. 307 + [1]. 20.3 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 0679731377.

The copy photographed above is the 5th printing.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Jonathan Cape, 1989; Promotional Poster)


Notes on this item: Promotional Poster for A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Jonathan Cape, 1989.

Large format promotional poster featuring the cover art for the Jonathan Cape edition of Julian Barnes’s novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters.

Imaginary Homelands by Salman Rushdie (Granta Books, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Salman Rushdie. Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991. London: Granta Books, 1991. Pp. 432 + [6]. 23.4 x 15.7 cm. ISBN: 0670839523.

Rushdie’s essay on Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters appears on pp. 241-243.

Prerekanja | Theatre Programme (Slovene National Theatre, 2007; Slovenian)


Notes on this edition: Prerekanja (Theatre Programme). Ljubljana: Slovene National Theatre, 2007. Pp.72. 20.9 x 19.9 cm.

Theatre programme for Prerekanja performed by the Slovene National Theatre during their 2007/08 season. Performance opened on 23 and 24 November 2007.

Directed by Boris Cavazza from the translation of the novel by Valerija Cokan. The program contains excerpts from Barnes’s novels Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. It also includes excerpts from a book on Julian Barnes by Vanessa Guignery.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Vintage Books, 2009)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Vintage Books, 2009. Pp.309 + [3]. 19.8 x 12.8 cm. ISBN: 9780099540120.

In 2009, Julian Barnes changed paperback publishers from Picador to Vintage Books.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Picador, 2005; Rejacketed)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Picador, 2005. Pp. 372 [373] + [3]. 19.7 x 12.9 cm. ISBN: 0330313991.

Picador reissued their edition of A History of the World in 10½ Chapters with new cover art at the same time they reissued Barnes’s other books. While the copyright page does not state the date, the rejacketed editions were issued in 2005. This printing is the 37th printing.

Author photograph by Ellen Warner.