Les Grands Ecrivains Publics de l’Europe | Postcard (Editions Lagrange, undated)


Notes on this item: Postcard titled, “LES GRANDS ECRIVAINS PUBLICS DE L’EUROPE | no. 4: Julien Barnes.” Published by Editions Lagrange, Montpellier.

Pictures Julian Barnes standing by a motorbike in front of a “Public Writer” sign in Morocco. The photo was taken by Pat Kavanagh, and Barnes made it into a French postcard as a joke. Note that he spells his name as “Julien”, which is the French  spelling and that the publisher is “Lagrange” [la grange = barn], a name he later used in his Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending [Patrick Lagrange].

Barnes sent the postcard to Gil Moody, owner of Moody Books in Tennessee. To the back, Barnes has written:

21 June 99

Dear Gil Moody:
This is the best
I can do for you, I’m
afraid. Signed photos
are for film stars in my
view. And I can’t sign
any more books – I did
400 copies of England, England
when I was last at Knopf
HQ – perhaps they (Jonas
Karp) can let you have
some… Good luck with
the bookstore.
Yours,
Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending | Postcard (Jonathan Cape, 2011; 2nd State)


Notes on this item: Promotional postcard for The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Created by Jonathan Cape in 2011.

Julian Barnes has written to the back of the postcard indicating this is the “2nd State” postcard. The first state postcard was dated 29 November 2011.

The Sense of an Ending | Postcard (Jonathan Cape, 2011; 1st State)


Notes on this item: Promotional postcard for The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Created by Jonathan Cape in 2011.

Julian Barnes has written to the back of the postcard indicating this is the “1st State” (dated 29 November 2011).

Postcard | Flaubert’s Parrot (Jonathan Cape, 1984)


Notes on this item: Postcard promoting Julian Barnes’s novel Flaubert’s Parrot (Jonathan Cape, 1984). The postcard features a black and white reproduction of David Hockney’s Felicité Sleeping.

Postcard | Intelligent Life (January/February 2012)


Notes on this item: Postcard promoting the January/February 2012 edition of Intelligent Life featuring Julian Barnes’s essay on Sibelius. Photo of Julian Barnes by Emma Hardy.