The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories | “One of a Kind” (Penguin, 1988)


Notes on this edition: “One of a Kind” by Julian Barnes. The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories. Edited with an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury. London: Penguin, 1988.

Julian Barnes’s short story “One of a Kind” is published on pages 400-406. In this example, Barnes has signed his entry. Formerly from the library of book collector Rolland Comstock.

“Evermore” | The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (Penguin Books, 2007)


Notes on this edition: “Evermore” in The Penguin Book of First World War Stories. New York: Penguin Books, 2007. Pp. 401. ISBN: 9780141442150

Julian Barnes’s short story “Evermore” is published on pages 345-361.

Putting the Boot In (Penguin Books, 1987)


Notes on this edition: Putting the Boot In. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1987. Pp. 192. 18 cm. ISBN: 0140092048.

Cover illustration by Keith Richens.

The Duffy Omnibus (Penguin, 1991)


Notes on this edition: The Duffy Omnibus. London: Penguin, 1991. Pp. 740. ISBN: 9780140158243

Includes all four Dan Kavanagh novels: DuffyFiddle CityPutting the Boot InGoing to the Dogs.

Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens, 1994; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert, Gustave. The Dictionary of Received Ideas. London: Syrens, 1994. Translated by Geoffrey Wall. Preface by Julian Barnes.

Syrens is a division of Penguin books, and they released this small, thin paperback edition of Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas in 1994. They Syrens series included several titles of note, including James Fenton’s slim publication On Statues (1995) and Proust’s On Reading (1995).

For the Flaubert edition, Julian Barnes provides a preface in the format of a dictionary with one entry per letter. This format resembles (but is entirely different in content from) the dictionary chapter in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot.