“Words for H. H.” | Howard Hodgkin (Gagosian, 2014)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Howard Hodgkin: Words for H. H.” in Howard Hodgkin. [Paris]: Gagosian Paris, 2014. Pp. 111 + [1]. 27.1 x 31.2 cm. ISBN: 9781938748028.

The book includes contributions by Barnes, James Fenton, Susan Sontag, and Jeff Wall.

Julian Barnes’s essay appears in both French (pp. 83-89) and English (pp. [91]-96. The French translation was by Jean-Pierre Aoustin.

Barnes’s essay originally appeared in Howard Hodgkin (Gagosian Gallery, 2003).

“U” | Hockney’s Alphabet (Random House, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “U” in Hockney’s Alphabet. Edited by Stephen Spender. New York: Random House, 1991. Pp. 92 + [4]. 39.4 x 23.3 cm. ISBN: 067941066x.

Drawings by David Hockney with written contributions by Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Seamus Heaney, Craig Raine, and others. Each author addresses a letter from the alphabet.

Julian Barnes’s contribution appears on page 71-72.

“The proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the American Friends of AIDS Crisis Trust and be used to support AIDS research and services to people with AIDS.”

The book was also published in deluxe and special editions.

“Words for H. H.” | Howard Hodgkin (Gagosian Gallery, 2003)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Words for H. H.” in Howard Hodgkin. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2003. Pp. 102. 31.2 x 26.2 cm. ISBN: 0962302457.

Julian Barnes’s essay “Words for H. H.” appears on pp. 99-100. The book has photographic end pages and its dust jacket unfolds into a large poster featuring one of Hodgkin’s works.

“Bark” | Secret Ingredients (Random House, 2007)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Bark” in Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink. Edited by David Remnick. New York: Random House, 2007. Pp. 582 + [8]. 24.1 x 16.2 cm. ISBN: 9781400065479.

Julian Barnes’s short story “Bark” appears on pp. [572]-582.

“Playing Chess with Arthur Koestler” | Encounters (Yale University Press, 1989)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Playing Chess with Arthur Koestler” in Encounters. Edited by Kai Erikson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989. Pp. 163 + [3]. 24.1 x 16 cm. ISBN: 0300046626.

Barnes’s essay appears on pp. 23-34.

The Modern Library (Picador, 1999)


Notes on this edition: Carmen Callil and Colm Tóibín. The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950. London: Picador, 1999. Pp. xxviii. 259 + [1]. 22.1 x 14 cm. ISBN: 0330341820. £12.99.

Julian Barnes’s novel Flaubert’s Parrot is featured on p. 14.

Das schöne schräge Weihnachtsbuch (Haffmans Verlag, 2000; German)


Notes on this edition: Dan Kavanagh. “Der 50-Pfennig-Weihnachtsmann.” Selected by Gerd Haffmans. Das schöne schräge Weihnachtsbuch. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 2000. Pp. 250 [251] + [5]. 19 x 14.1 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3251004913. (German).

Dan Kavanagh’s short story printed on pp. 173-[183].

Nothing to Be Frightened of (Random House Canada, 2008)


Notes on this edition: First edition – Julian Barnes. Nothing to Be Frightened of. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2008. £32.95. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: nothing | to be | frightened | of | [decorative rule] | Julian Barnes | [Random House Canada device] | RANDOM HOUSE CANADA

Copyright Page: Copyright © 2008 Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conven- | tions. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic | or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, | without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may | quote brief passages in a review. Published in 2008 by Random House Canada, a | division of Random House of Canada Limited, and subsequently in the United | States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. | Distributed in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited. | Random House Canada and colophon are trademarks. | www.randomhouse.ca | Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of the | Random House Group Limited, London. | This book is a work of non-fiction based on the life, experiences and | recollections of the author. The author has stated to the publisher that the | contents of this book are true. | Permissions | ‘Aubade’, ‘Church Going’ and ‘Wants’ from Collected Poems by Philip Larkin | edited by Anthony Thwaite (The Marvell Press & Faber and Faber 2003). | Extracts from Changing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly (© Eugene O’Kelly 2006) | reproduced by kind permission of McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. | Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication | Barnes, Julian | Nothing to be frightened of / Julian Barnes. | ISBN 978-0-307-35698-7 | I. Barnes, Julian. 2. Death. 3. Authors, English–20th century– | Biography. I. Title. | PR6052.A6657Z4 2008   823’.914 C2008-900646-1 | Typeset in Adobe Garamond by Palimpsest Book Production Limited, | Grangemouth, Stirlingshire | Printed and bound in the United States of America | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Collation: 21.3 x 14.0 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-250. [i]: ‘nothing | to be | frightened | of | [decorative rule]’. [ii]: ‘By the same author | Fiction | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER | THE PORCUPINE | CROSS CHANNEL | ENGLAND, ENGLAND | LOVE, ETC | THE LEMON TABLE ARTHUR & GEORGE | Non-fiction | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990–1995 | SOMETHING TO DECLARE | THE PEDANT IN THE KITCHEN | Translation | IN THE LAND OF PAIN | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to P.’. [vi]: blank. 1-250: text.

General description: Binding 22.0 x 14.7 cm. Red cloth boards with gold lettering to the spine. White endpapers. Jacket design by CS Richardson with author photograph by Isolde Ohlbaum.

Writers on World War II: An Anthology (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Staring at the Sun [excerpt].” Writers on World War II: An Anthology. Edited by Mordecai Richler. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. 727 + [9]. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN: 0394572580.

Julian Barnes’s excerpt from Staring at the Sun appears on pp. 159-160.

The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects (Alfred A. Knopf, 1978)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes (Contributor). The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects. Edited by Richard Kenin and Justin Wintle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Pp. 860 + [2]. 25.3 x 19.4 cm. ISBN: 039450027x.

While specific entries are not identified as being researched by Julian Barnes, he is listed as one of the contributors to this volume. The work for this volume was done in the years before the publication of Barnes’s first novel (Metroland, 1980). Other contributors include John Baxter and Jonathan Keates amongst others.

According to Julian Barnes, researchers were paid 50p for each quotation that made it into the final publication. Barnes can’t remember at this distance the exact entries he contributed, but based on the payments he received the number was substantial (in the hundreds).