Julian Barnes © Alan Edwards

Julian Barnes © Alan Edwards

Julian Barnes is the author of several books of stories, essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudet's In the Land of Pain, and numerous novels.

His recent publications include The Sense of an Ending, Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story), and Levels of Life. Barnes will publish Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art in May 2015.

Barnes has received several awards and honours for his writing, including the 2011 Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending and in 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Full Biography ›


06/2015 - Julian Barnes reads from his new collection of essays Keeping an Eye Open on "Book of the Week" (BBC Radio 4)

06/2015 - Julian Barnes writes about the exclamation mark for More Intelligent Life: "Why the Exclamation Mark Is the Best".

06/2015 - Julian Barnes is a guest on The Robert Peston Interview Show (BBC Radio 4) 

05/2015 - Julian Barnes reviews Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession by William Skidelsky: "The Mighty Fed", The Guardian, 15 May 2015.

05/2015 - Zinklar Award - Julian Barnes received the 2015 Zinklar Award at the first annual Blixen Ceremony in Copenhagen. The Blixen Ceremony is a celebration of literature presented by the Danish Authors’ Society and Danish Literary Authors. The Zinklar Award pays tribute to this year's writer of short stories and is named after the Danish writer Finn Zinklar, who willed his fortune to a prize to be awarded to eminent writers of short stories from all over the world.

From the speech of the board of the Zinklar prize, presented by professor Lasse Horne Kjældgaard:

"Tonight we prize Julian Barnes as a writer of short stories. We at the board were all absolutely captivated by the collection of short stories Pulse – or Puls – which was published in English in 2011, and in Danish in 2014. We were taken by the emotional subtlety of the stories, as well as their variety of styles and modes – and by the incredible ease with which Julian Barnes shifts between them. These stories are vibrant, their pulse is palpable, indeed – and they also contribute to keeping the art of the short story alive. This is exactly the kind of effort that the Zinklar Prize is meant to cherish. We are so happy to be able to give the award to you – and honoured that you will accept it."

Recently Published

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes's Levels of Life is about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. Read More ›


Julian Barnes will publish Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art in May 2015. Read More ›