Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums (Economist Books, 2017)

Notes on this edition: 

Barnes, Julian. “Where Sibelius Fell Silent.” Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums. Edited by Maggie Fergusson. London: Economist Books, 2017. Pp. 145-151. ISBN: 9781781256916.

This is the paperback edition published the year after the hardback edition. Julian Barnes’s essay on visiting Sibelius’s home was originally published in More Intelligent Life (January/February 2012). The essay now resides on the 1843 Magazine website, which is published by The Economist. The book featured contains Barnes’s essay along with essays by Roddy Doyle, Margaret Drabble, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, Ann Patchett, Alan Hollinghurst, Andrew Motion, William Boyd, and numerous others.

The Sense of an Ending | Movie Tie-In (Vintage, 2017)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. London: Vintage, 2017. Pp. 150 + [4]. 19.6 x 12.9 cm. ISBN: 9781784705633.

British movie tie-in edition in connection with the theatrical release of the film adaptation of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. The copyright page states the publication date as 2017.

The cover is very similar to an edition published in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph movie tie-in edition, but the two are distinct in some of the text printed to both front and back, including blurbs, etc.

The film is directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne. The film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery.

“Justin: A Small Major Character” in The Process of Art (Clarendon Press, 1998)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Justin: A Small Major Character.” The Process of Art: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Music, and Painting in Honour of Alan Raitt. Edited by Michael Freeman, Elizabeth Fallaize, Jill Forbes, Toby Garfitt, and Roger Pearson, with Janis Spurlock. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Pp. 214. 23 cm. ISBN: 9780198159537.

Julian Barnes’s essay “Justin: A Small Major Character” appears on pages 1-10. Additional contributors include:

Introduction: Roger Pearson
Alan Raitt: Mike Freeman
Professor A.W. Raitt: Curriculum Vitae
A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Alan Raitt: Janis Spurlock
Une amitie sans nuages: Jean Derens
Justin: A Small Major Character: Julian Barnes
In the Mind’s Eye: The Meanings of Liberty Guiding the People: David Bellos
Lautreamont’s Literary Life: Peter Dayan
Balzac and the Symbolist Cathedral: Tim Farrant and Juliet Simpson
De grands inachevements: Les Paysans, Les Petits Bourgeois, Le Depute d’Arcis: Andre Lorant
‘Shakespeare ou Maeterlinck’: Mallarme Reading Theatre: Patrick McGuinness
Huysmans emule de Flaubert: Tentation de la reecriture, reecriture de La Tentation (A rebours, La Tentation de saint Antoine, et Herodias): Bertrand Marchal
Au-dela du sacrifice: Les contes de L’Amour supreme de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam: Alain Nery
Quelques reflexions sur ‘Le Tueur de cygnes’: Jacques Noiray

Literary Life by Posy Simmonds (Jonathan Cape, 2003)

Notes on this edition: Posy Simmonds. Literary Life. London: Jonathan Cape, 2003. Pp. 96. 26 cm. ISBN: 0224072692.

Simmonds draws Julian Barnes in several of the launch party scenes. Barnes has praised Simmonds’s works several times in various publications. In 2018, he referenced this work was on his bedside table (interview with Rachel Cooke, The Guardian).

Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008)

Note on this edition: Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. Pp. 531. 26 cm. Selected and edited by John Coldstream.

Includes a photograph of Julian Barnes with his wife Pat Kavanagh. Kavanagh was Bogarde’s literary agent. The collection includes letters to Barnes and Kavanagh.

Sketch of Julian Barnes with “Big Honker” (Pam Williams, [2001])

Notes on this work: Artist Pam Williams sketched Julian Barnes talking during a literary event. The work was then signed by Barnes with the note “Julian Barnes with a big honker”. Signed by Williams, but undated.

Purchased in October 2001 from David Rees Booksellers, London.  Drawing done on A4 paper, presumably the year of purchase.

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.

The Borzoi Reader (Alfred A. Knopf, Spring 2001)

Notes on this edition: The Borzoi Reader. Alfred A. Knopf, Spring 2001. Complimentary promotional item containing information and an excerpt from Julian Barnes’s novel Love, etc. published by Alfred A. Knopf. Barnes’s excerpt appears on pages 22-23. Also includes quote from Barnes’s editor at Knopf Gary Fisketjon.