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 Levels of Life and Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Barnes will publish a new novel titled The Noise of Time in January 2016.

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 ›


12/12/2015 - An Evening of Words and Music with Julian Barnes and Angela Hewitt.

Invitation to Words & Music with Julian Barnes and Angela HewittBooker Prize-winning author and Freedom from Torture patron Julian Barnes and internationally renowned pianist Angela Hewitt (www.angelahewitt.com) will perform at the Barbican's stunning Milton Court Concert Hall on Saturday, 12 December 2015. The exclusive programme, created especially for Freedom from Torture, is an interweaving of music, poetry and prose and will be a wonderful chance for you to hear readings from Julian's own award-winning works as well as works from writers including Robert Browning, Turgenev, Isaiah Berlin and Peter Porter.

The evening’s readings will be complemented with performances of pieces by Bach, Galuppi, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Sibelius, Shostakovich and Messiaen, performed by Angela Hewitt and three brilliant young soloists, Mark Simpson (clarinet), Chloë Hanslip (violin) and Philip Higham (cello). Angela Hewitt has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

This special evening will be a rare opportunity for you to sample these delights first hand. All proceeds will go directly to Freedom from Torture to support our vital work helping survivors of torture to rebuild their lives.

Tickets are priced from just £20.00 to £30.00. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here to visit the Barbican's website or call the box office on 020 7638 8891.

November/December 2015 - 'The Big Question: What's the Best Number?' Intelligent Life.

11/2015 - 'Even Worse Than We Thought,' New York Review of Books, 19 November 2015. [Julian Barnes reviews The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne
by Anna Bikont, translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles.]

11/2015 - 'Julian Barnes Remembers Philip French, His Friend for 40 years,' The Observer, 1 November 2015. [Julian Barnes looks back over 40 years of friendship with a man who combined a love of terrible puns with his vast knowledge, generosity and sense of fun.]

Autumn 2015 - 'Remembering Alan,' Areté Magazine, Issue #47, Autumn 2015. [Julian Barnes remembers his friend Alan Howard.]

10/2015 - Alfred A. Knopf published Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art.

08/2015 - Jonathan Cape announces the forthcoming publication of Julian Barnes's new novel The Noise of Time, scheduled for publication in January 2016.

July/August 2015 - 'The Big Question: What's the Best Sense?' Intelligent Life.

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 writes about art and artists in Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Read More ›


Julian Barnes's new novel The Noise of Time is scheduled for publication in January 2016. Read More ›