Maigret and the Penguin Books | “Georges Simenon Returns” (Penguin Collectors’ Society, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Georges Simenon Returns.” Maigret and the Penguin Books. London: Penguin Collectors’ Society, 2015. Pp. 111 + [1]. 18 x 11.2 cm. ISBN: 9780993110634.

Julian Barnes’s essay appears on pp. 8-16.

The book also contains the following: “Penguin and Maigret: A Little Publishing History” by James Mackay; “The Maigret Books in Penguin: An Illustrated Historical Bibliography;” Sources, further reading and acknowledgements.

The Esquire Book of Sports Writing (Penguin, 1995)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes & Martin Amis. “The Grudge Match”. The Esquire Book of Sports Writing. Edited by Greg Williams. London: Penguin, 1995. Pp. 229 [230]. 19.7 x 12.9 cm. ISBN: 0140251243.

The entire entry runs from pp. 117-[124] with Julian  Barnes’s specific contribution on pp. 121-[124]. Originally published in Esquire Magazine in 1991.

Lifelines: An Anthology of Poems Chosen by Famous People (Penguin Books, 1993)


Notes on this edition: Lifelines: An Anthology of Poems Chosen by Famous People. Edited by Niall MacMonagle. London: Penguin Books, 1993. Pp. 222. 19.6 x 12.8 cm. With a foreword by Seamus Heaney.

Julian Barnes selects and discusses A. E. Housman’s “Last Poems, XII” (pp. 150-51).

Parade’s End | Ford Madox Ford (Penguin Books, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Ford Madox Ford. Parade’s End. London: Penguin Books, 2012. Pp. 836. 20 cm. ISBN: 9780141392196.

Julian Barnes wrote the introduction to this Penguin Classics reissue.

Evermore (Penguin Books, 1996; artwork by Howard Hodgkin)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Evermore. London: Penguin Books, 1996. Pp. 42 [43] + [5]. 13.7 x 10.5 cm. ISBN: 9780140260410.

This small format paperback features the short story “Evermore” from Julian Barnes’s collection Cross Channel. Published at 75p in the UK and $1.99 in Canada.

Pictures by Howard Hodgkin included. Two deluxe, signed, limited editions of this story were published by the Palawan Press. One edition was limited to 50 copies and the other to 150 copies.

A small number of the Penguin paperback were signed by Howard Hodgkin, as shown in the last picture above. This particular copy was also signed by Julian Barnes to his bibliographer in July 2018.

Going to the Dogs (Penguin Books, 1988)


Notes on this edition: Dan Kavanagh. Going to the Dogs. London: Penguin Books, 1988. Pp. 207 [208]. 18 x 11 cm. ISBN: 0140103376.

Julian Barnes’s fourth novel published under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. First U.K. paperback edition following the publication of the first hardback edition by Viking in 1987.

My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories by Frank O’Connor (Penguin Books, 2005; Introduction)


Notes on this edition: O’Connor, Frank. My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories. London: Penguin Books, 2005. Pp. 361. 20 cm. ISBN: 9780141187877.

Introduction by Julian Barnes on pages vii-xiii.

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: Dan Kavanagh. Putting the Boot In. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1987. Pp. 192. 17.8 x 10.8 cm. ISBN: 0140092048.

A later printing is featured below with cover illustration by Keith Richens. The later printing is not indicated on the copyright page, but rather suggested by the increased prices listed to the back cover. The first printing lists a U.K. price of £2.50, while the later printing lists a U.K. price of £2.99.