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 Wild Blue Yonder (Picador, 1997)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Fear of Flying.” The Wild Blue Yonder: The Picador Book of Aviation. Edited by Graham Coster. London: Picador, 1997. Pp. 280. 22.2 x 14.1 cm. ISBN: 0330330292.

Julian Barnes’s contribution, an excerpt from his novel Staring at the Sun, appears on pp. [253]-255.

Lines on the Underground (Cassell, 1996)


Notes on this edition: Lines on the Underground: An Anthology for Bakerloo & Jubilee Line Travellers. Compiled by Dorothy Meade & Tatiana Wolff. London: Cassell, 1996. Pp. 31 + [1]. 17.7 x 11.2 cm. ISBN: 0304348619

Barnes’s contribution appears on page 14, an excerpt from his first novel Metroland.

Staring at the Sun (Marlies Louwes, 1997)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Staring at the Sun. Groningen: Marlies Louwes, 1997. Pp. [12]. 11.7 x 18.5 cm.

Limited, letterpress edition of the opening section of Julian Barnes’s novel Staring at the Sun. This pamphlet features artwork by Marlies Louwes. The colophon states: ‘Typeset in Bembo and Printed in 40 copies on Zerkall-Bütten.’ Text reprinted with the author’s permission. Yellow paper cover. 

“The Stowaway” | Free Sample Chapter (Reader’s Collection, 1989)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “The Stowaway” from A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. The Reader’s Collection, 1989. Pp.28. 23 x 15.5 cm.

Sample chapter from Julian Barnes’s novel bound in paper covers. Stated on the inside pages: “This free sample chapter is one of the four specially printed for the Summer Reader’s Collection […]”.

The sample chapter includes a reproduction of the novel’s title page and copyright page. As this is the only sample examined, it remains unclear why the Barnes chapter was bound in a cover featuring cover art from Gita Mehta’s Raj.