Metroland | Archive Edition (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 203. 22 cm. ISBN: 9781784705916. £9.99.

Special Archive Edition with a new introduction by Julian Barnes. The archive material features letters and reviews pertaining to the novel Metroland:

  • Letter from Sheila McIlwraith at AD Peters Writers’ Agents submitting manuscript to Tom Maschler at Jonathan Cape.
  • First report on the manuscript (initials XH)
  • Second report on the manuscript (initials CC)
  • Letter from Julian Barnes outlining his edits to Liz Calder his editor
  • Deleted scene from the first draft of the manuscript
  • Letter from Julian Barnes to Tony Colwell, the art director responsible for the book jacket
  • Letter from Philip Larkin to Julian Barnes
  • Letter from Dodie Smith to Julian Barnes
  • Reviews

The book’s graphic design is based on London Underground seat fabrics. For more on the design on the Vintage Blog: http://vintagebooksdesign.tumblr.com/post/151283886571/metroland-julianbarnes

The Noise of Time (Thorndike Press, 2016; Large Print)


Notes on this edition: The Noise of Time. Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2016. Pp. 269. 23 cm. ISBN: 9781410490193

Large Print edition published by Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning.

Poesie unterwegs, nichts wird so heiß gegessen … (Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund, 2016; German)


Notes on this edition: Poesie unterwegs, nichts wird so heiß gegessen … (Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund, 2016. (German).

Ephemeral booklet containing Julian Barnes’s essay “A Late-Onset Cook.” The essay is translated by Gertraude Krueger as “Ein kochender Spätzünder” and published on pages 42-49.

Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Petersens, 2001)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Hamburg: Petersens, 2001. 18 cm. ISBN: 3883891568.

This omnibus edition appears to have been printed and bound in Great Britain by Picador, but was published officially by Petersons for a foreign market. Listed as “Petersen Taschenbücher Bd. 156” on the page before the title page.

Una historia del mundo en diez capítulos y medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Compactos Anagrama, 2000; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Una historia del mundo en diez capítulos y medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2000. Pp. 359. 21 cm. ISBN: 8433914286. Translated by Maribel De Juan. (Spanish).

Copyright page states this particular specimen is the “Cuarta edición” of the Compactos edition, published in November 2000. The spine lists the books as number “98” in the series.

A világ története 10 és 1/2 fejezetben | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Ulpius-ház, 2002; Hungarian)


Notes on this edition: A világ története 10 és ½ fejezetben | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Budapest: Ulpius-ház, 2002. Pp. 361. 20 cm. ISBN: 9639348716. Translated by Feig András. (Hungarian).

Something to Declare (Vintage International, 2003)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture. New York: Vintage International, 2003. Pp. 295. 21 cm. ISBN: 1400030870

This title was originally published as a paperback in the U.K. by Picador and in hardback in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf. This edition is the first U.S. paperback. The copyright page incorrectly states the book was “published in hardcover in Great Britain by Picador, London”, whereas the cover is actually made of stiff card. The copyright page also lists the specific publication date as “September 2003”.

Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen (Mercure de France, 2005; French)


Notes on this edition: Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen. Paris: Mercure de France, 2005. Pp. 153. Translated by Josette Chicheportiche. ISBN:  9782715225084 (French).

“Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives” | The Red Barn (National Theatre, 2016)


Notes on this publication: In 2016, the National Theatre presented David Hare’s The Red Barn, a play based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon. The programme for the play includes an essay by Julian Barnes titled “Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives”. The essay is adapted from his essay “Georges Simenon Returns”, first published in The Times Literary Supplement (7 May 2014).

El sentido de un final | The Sense of an Ending (Editorial Anagrama, 2012; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: El sentido de un final | The Sense of an Ending. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2012. Pp. 186. 22 cm. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. ISBN: 9788433978523 (Spanish).

Copyright page states: “Primera edición: noviembre 2012”.