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Arthur & George
Arthur & George, by Julian Barnes (Vintage Edition)

Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late 19th century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Catholic Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George a Birmingham solicitor, is happy in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. With a mixture of intense research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings into sharp focus not just this long-forgotten case but the inner workings of the two men and the wider psychology of the age. Arthur & George is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes. It is a novel about low crime and high spirituality; guilt and innocence; identity, nationality and race; and thwarted passion. Arthur & George explores what we think, what we believe, and what we know.



Shortlisted for the
2005 Man Booker Prize

Winner of The Annual Best Foreign Novels, 21st Century,
as chosen by the China Association for the Study of British Literature



Alfred A. Knopf hosts the Arthur & George Webpage:

Let Knopf tell you the 10 reasons they love Julian Barnes.

Available for purchase from Amazon.com, BN.com, Amazon.co.uk, bol.com, and numerous local independent booksellers.


Arthur & George on Stage

Arthur & George, Adapted by David Edgar, based on a novel by Julian Barnes

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse present
Arthur & George
Adapted for the stage by David Edgar
Based on the novel by Julian Barnes

Fri., 19 Mar 2010 – Sat., 10 Apr 2010

Stage version available via Nick Hern Books or Amazon.co.uk

Birmingham solicitor George Edalji has been convicted of a terrible crime and is desperate to prove his innocence. After his release from prison he recruits the help of none other than expert crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help solve his mysterious case and hopefully win him a pardon.

This powerful new stage adaptation, based on Julian Barnes’ semi-fictional novel, brings vividly to life the events of a hundred years ago which made sensational headlines as The Great Wyrley Outrages. As gripping as any of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Arthur & George also raises many questions about guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race.

Birmingham born, and internationally acclaimed playwright, David Edgar has written many plays including Destiny, Pentecost, Playing With Fire and Testing The Echo and his stage adaptations include Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde and Nicholas Nickleby. His most recent work for The REP was a new translation of Brecht’s Galileo.

Visit the Birmingham Repertory website for ticketing and performance information: http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/arthur-george

Read a piece by David Edgar about adapting Julian Barnes's novel Arthur & George for the stage. "Ways of Seeing." Guardian, 13 March 2010.


Arthur & George in Galician

Arthur & George in Spanish

Click to Visit the Publisher's WebsiteIn 2006, Rinoceronte Editora published Julian Barnes's Arthur & George. Translated by Xesús Fraga, Arthur e George is the first of Barnes's novels translated into Galician.

For more information or to order, please visit the Rinoceronte Editora website.

Xesús Fraga interviewed Barnes for the Rinoceronte website. Read the interview online:
"A entrevista a Julian Barnes: o documento completo"

Click to view publisher websiteIn 2006, Editorial Anagrama published Julian Barnes's Arthur & George. Translated by Jaime Zulaika, Arthur & George is one of numerous Barnes books translated into Spanish.

For more information or to order, please visit the Editorial Anagrama website.

Arthur & George. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2007. Pp. 528. Translated by Jaime Zulaika.


Arthur & George in French

Click to Visit the Publisher's Website
On 10 January 2007, Mecure de France published the French translation of Julian Barnes's Arthur & George (translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin). To order, please visit the Mercure de France website or Amazon.fr.

To promote the translation Julian Barnes will be appearing on several French radio and television programs. Barnes scholar Vanessa Guignery (author of the recently published The Fiction of Julian Barnes: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism) has generously provided the following list of appearances:


"Et pourtant elle tourne." France Inter. Thursday 4 January 2007, 6.35pm to 6.45pm (review of Arthur & George) Visit website for more information.

"La bande à Bonnaud." France Inter. Thursday 11 January 2007, 5.25pm to 6pm. (interview with Julian Barnes) Visit website for more information.

"Laissez-vous tenter." RTL 23 January 2007. (5'30'' to 11'10'') (interview about Arthur & George) Visit website for more information. [Note: the website also provides the interview as a podcast].

"Le masque et la plume." France Inter. Sunday 28 January 2007, 8.05pm to 9pm. (review of Arthur & George) Visit website for more information.

"Humeur vagabonde." France Inter. Thursday 1 February 2007, 8.10pm to 9pm. (interview with Julian Barnes) Visit website for more information.

"Carnet nomade." France Culture. Saturday 3 February 2007, 8.00pm to 9pm. (interview with Julian Barnes) Visit website for more information.

"Tout arrive." France Culture. Thursday 8 February 2007, from 12.50pm to 1.30pm (interview with Julian Barnes). Visit website for more information.


"Esprits Libres." France 2. Friday 12 January, 00.30pm. (interview with Julian Barnes)

"Metropolis" Arte. Saturday 13 January 2007. 8.20pm to 8.30pm. (meeting with Julian Barnes in London at his house and in the Sherlock Holmes pub)


Barnes, Julian. "Extract from Arthur & George." Lire 351 (December 2006-January 2007): 40-43.

Garcin, Jérôme. "Le " J'accuse " de Sherlock Holmes." Nouvel Observateur 2200 (4 January 2007).

Rivière, François. "Le grand retour de Mister Barnes." Figaro littéraire 4 January 2007.

Publisher Websites

Visit the Jonathan Cape Website
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Alfred A. Knopf

'This novel is Barnes at his best.' -- P. D. James


Jonathan Cape Edition of Arthur & George -- For the Richard & Judy Book Club



George and his father pray together, kneeling side by side on the scrubbed boards. Then George climbs into bed while his father locks the door and turns out the light. As he falls asleep, George sometimes thinks of the floor, and how his soul must be scrubbed just as the boards are scrubbed.

Father is not an easy sleeper, and has a tendency to groan and wheeze. Sometimes, in the early morning, when dawn is beginning to show at the edges of the curtains, Father will catechize him.

"George, where do you live?"
"The Vicarage, Great Wyrley."
"And where is that?"
"Staffordshire, Father."
"And where is that?"
"The centre of England."
"And what is England, George?"
"England is the beating heart of the Empire, Father."
"Good. And what is the blood that flows through the arteries and veins of the Empire to reach even its farthest shore?"
"The Church of England."
"Good, George."

And after a while Father will begin to groan and wheeze again. George watches the outline of the curtain harden. He lies there thinking of arteries and veins making red lines on the map of the world, linking Britain to all the places coloured pink: Australia and India and Canada and islands dotted everywhere. He thinks of blood bubbling though these tubes and emerging in Sydney, Bombay, the St. Lawrence Waterway. Bloodlines, that is a word he has heard somewhere. With the pulse of blood in his ears, he begins to fall asleep again


Alfred A. Knopf Edition of Arthur & George

Random House Canada Edition of Arthur & George

Arthur & George Audiobook (BBC)

BBC Audio -- Available February 2006Richard & Judy's Book Club Title is Released as Audiobook in the UK.

Read by Nigel Anthony
Published by BBC Audiobooks on 6th February.
Duration: 5 hours
Contains 4 CDs: Price £17.99

Arthur & George is available from all good bookshops; online at www.bbcshop.com, Amazon.co.uk, or numerous independent booksellers; or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919

Julian Barnes on Your iPod

Julian Barnes discusses Arthur & George on The Leonard Lopate Show (30 January 2006). Listen to the interview online via the WNYC website.

Julian Barnes discusses Arthur & George with Gretchen Holbrook on The Book Show: Episode #919 (21 February 2006). Visit the WAMC website to download.

A lengthy interview with Rick Kleffel during Barnes's U.S. tour for Arthur & George. Listen to the interview (.mp3 format).


Dust Jacket for the Vintage Edition of Arthur & GeorgeArthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005.

Arthur & George. London: London Review Bookshop, 2005 [Limited to 25 copies in quarter leather, signed by Julian Barnes].

Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005 [Limited to 125 copies in quarter cloth, signed by Julian Barnes].

Arthur & George. Random House Canada, 2005.

Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2006 [Special Cape paperback edition issued in conjunction with Julian Barnes's selection for the Richard & Judy Book Club].

Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Arthur e George. Galicia: Rinoceronte Editora, 2006 [Translated by Xesús Fraga].

Arthur & George. Atlas, 2006 [Translated by Frans van der Wiel].

Arthur & George. Bath: Windsor, 2006 [Large Print].

Arthur & George. London: Vintage, 2007.

Arthur & George. New York: Vintage, 2007.

Arthur & George. Mercure de France, 2007 [Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin].

Arthur & George. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2007 [Translated by Gertraude Krueger].

Arthur & George. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2007 [Translated by Jaime Zulaika].


Jonathan Cape Edition

Adams, Tim. 'Show Me the Way to Go, Holmes.' Observer, 26 June 2005: 15.

Kemp, Peter. 'Conan Doyle to the Rescue.' Sunday Times (London), 26 June 2005: 37.

Robinson, David. 'Ideal Holmes Exhibition.' The Scotsman, 2 July 2005: 14.

Walter, Natasha. 'Our Mutual Friends.' The Guardian (London), 2 July 2005: 26.

Crumey, Andrew. 'Stranger Than Any Fiction.' The Scotland on Sunday, 3 July 2005: 6.

Moore, Caroline. 'A Far from Elementary Novel.' Sunday Telegraph (London), 3 July 2005: 11.

O'Hagan, Simon. 'The Game's Afoot!' Independent on Sunday (London), 3 July 2005: 23.

Goring, Rosemary. 'The Whole Sleuth.' The Herald (Glasgow), 4 July 2005: 6.

Sexton, David. 'Facts Behind the Fiction.' The Evening Standard (London), 4 July 2005: 63.

Jeffries, Stuart. 'Inside Story: "It's for self-protection".' G2: The Guardian (London), 6 July 2005: 8. [Profile and interview]; Reprinted as 'It's Hot under the Magnifying Glass', The Irish Times, 22 July 2005: 12.

Arditti, Michael. 'New Fiction.' Daily Mail (London), 8 July 2005: 60.

Hanks, Robert. 'Elementary, My Dear Barnes' The Independent (London), 8 July 2005: 20-21.

Martin, Andrew. 'Whodunit Gives Clues on the Real Holmes.' The Express, 8 July 2005: 50.

James, P. D. 'Ideal Holmes Exhibition.' The Times (London), 9 July 2005: 7.

Smee, Sebastian. 'The Curious Case of the Slashed Horse.' The Spectator, 9 July 2005: 34.

'The Law Was Blind, and Sir Valiant Too.' The Economist (U.S. Edition), 9 July 2005.

Cribb, Tim. 'Arthur & George.' South China Morning Post, 10 July 2005: 5.

Jackson, Lorne. 'Elementary Dear Barnes.' Sunday Mercury, 10 July 2005: 6.

Winder, Robert. 'Bumps in the Night.' New Statesman, 11 July 2005.

Taylor, Andrew. 'A Secret Mystery of History.' The Independent (London), 15 July 2005: 24.

Aspden, Peter. 'Loyal Supporter.' Financial Times (London), 16 July 2005: 14.

Farndale, Nigel. 'Shifts in the Ether.' The Age, 16 July 2005.

Williams, John. 'Even Sherlock Holmes Couldn't Solve This One.' Mail on Sunday (London), 17 July 2005: 66.

Hanks, Robert. 'Watching the Detective.' The Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia), 23 July 2005: M07.

Cornwell, Jane. 'Shades of Sherlock, But Not At All Elementary.' The Australian, 30 July 2005: 9.

Gurria-Quintana, Angel. 'Remaking History.' Financial Times (London), 30 July 2005: 32.

Matthews, David. 'Mordant Fragments.' The Australian, 6 August 2005: 11.

Thorpe, Vanessa. 'Julian Barnes: Mystery Man.' The Observer, 14 August 2005: 23.

'Julian Barnes: Arthur & George.' The New Zealand Herald, 21 August 2005 [includes interview].

Clark, Blanche. 'Tale of Pony Outrage.' Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), 27 August 2005: W28.

England, Katharine. 'Elementary Brilliance.' The Advertiser, 27 August 2005: W16.

Ball, Magdalena. 'Nothing Elementary about Julian Barnes.' Reviews: Culture and the Media, November 2005.

Tourniaire, Laurence. 'L’éventreur du Staffordshire.' Sitartmag.com, November 2005.

Ichioka, Mike. 'Some voices of Britain still charming and droll.' McGill Daily, 95.17, 3 November 2005.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize Website

'Barnes and Smith Make Booker List.' BBC News, 8 September 2005.

Booth, Jenny. 'Booker Shortlist Delivers Snub to Some Literary Lions.' Times (London), 8 September 2005.

Crown, Sarah. 'Former Winners Absent from Booker Shortlist.' 8 September 2005.

Ezard, John. 'Vintage Year for Booker ... But No McEwan.' The Guardian, 9 September 2005.

Malvern, Jack. 'Big Names Are Left on Shelf as Booker Judges Go for an Intellectual Climax.' Times (London), 9 September 2005.

Reynolds, Nigel. 'Booker's Big Names Fall at the First.' The Telegraph, 9 September 2005.

Robinson, David. 'Conan Doyle Detective Tale Favourite for Man Booker.' Scotsman, 9 September 2005.

Random House Canada Edition

Renzetti, Elizabeth. 'Down at the Pub with Julian.' Globe and Mail, 6 October 2005 [Interview].

Donnelly, Pat. 'A Pretty Good Bet.' The Gazette (Montreal), 8 October 2005: H1 [Interview].

Donnelly, Pat. 'Arthur Is a White Knight and George a Marked Man.' The Gazette (Montreal), 8 October 2005: H4.

van Herk, Aritha. 'Booker Front-Runner.' The Calgary Herald (Alberta), 8 October 2005: F7 [Very positive review with extended interview].

McNamara, Tim. 'Conan Doyle's on the Case in Satisfying Novel.' Edmonton Journal (Alberta), 9 October 2005: E12.

Wigston, Nancy. 'Mismatched Pair Made Legal History.' The Toronto Star, 9 October 2005: D6.

Burns, John. 'Arthur & George.' Straight.com, 13 October 2005.

Fulford, Robert. 'The Original Man of Mystery.' National Post (Canada), 18 October 2005: AL1.

Schiefer, Nancy. 'Holmes' Creator Takes a Case.' London Free Press (Ontario), 23 October 2005: D8.

Marchand, Philip. 'In the Spirit of the Time.' Toronto Star, 26 October 2005: F3.

Wigod, Rebecca. 'Case of the Forgotten Victorian.' Vancouver Sun, 29 October 2005: F19.

Alfred A. Knopf Edition

Lesser, Wendy. 'The Strange Case of Julian Barnes.' Slate.com, 3 January 2006.

Lytal, Benjamin. 'The Secret Life of Conan Doyle.' New York Sun, 4 January 2006 12.

Papinchak, Robert Allen. '"Arthur & George": A Grand Mystery Based on History.' Seattle Times, 6 Friday 2006.

Fried, Kerry. 'The Curious Case of the Not-Quite Englishmen.' Newsday (New York), 8 January 2006: C31.

Papinchak, Robert Allen. 'A Grand Mystery Based on History.' The Seattle Times, 8 January 2006: J8.

Reese, Jennifer. "Book Review: Arthur & George." Entertainment Weekly, 6 January 2006 [Grade: A].

Bernhard, Brendan. "The Adventure of Arthur Conan Doyle." LA Weekly, 13 January 2006: 54.

Uhland, Vicky. "Crime-solving with Sir Arthur." Rocky Mountain News, 13 January 2006: 24 [Grade: A].

Freeman, John. Wall Street Journal, 14 January 2006: P10.

Caldwell, Gail. 'Unlikely Friends.' Boston Globe, 15 January 2006: K8.

Dirda, Michael. 'Trapped in a Loveless Marriage.' Washington Post Book World, 15 January 2006: T15 [Also published as 'Beneath 'Historical' Novel, Playful Duet Ensues.' Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 22 January 2006].

Goldberg, Carole. 'A World in Which Honor Mattered.' Hartford Courant (Connecticut), 15 January 2006: G3.

Herman, Carol. 'Of Love and Sleuthing.' Washington Times, 15 January 2006: B6.

McGee, Celia. 'Speak, History: The Man Who Could Have Been -- And Was -- Conan Doyle.' Daily News (New York), 15 January 2006: 23.

Rafferty, Terrence. 'The Game's Afoot.' New York Times Book Review, 15 January 2006: 1-3.

Rubin, Merle. 'The Case of the Innocent Man.' Los Angeles Times Book Review, 15 January 2006: R8.

Willeford, Betsy. 'Arthur & George: Excellent - But Hardly Elementary.' Times (New Jersey), 15 January 2006.

Wolfe, Peter. 'Victorian-Style Novel Teaches Modern Lessons.' St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 15 January 2006: F8.

Zellar, Brad. "A Challenging, Entertaining Tale." Star Tribune (Minneapolis - St. Paul), 15 January 2006: 14F.

Thomson, David. 'The Case of the Sore Thumb: Elementary, My Dear Watson.' New York Observer, 16 January 2006: Books 21.

Kehe, Marjorie. 'How Would Sherlock Holmes Fare in Real Life?' Christian Science Monitor, 17 January 2006: 13.

Soloski, Alexis. 'Edalji's Cow.' Village Voice, 17 January 2006: 77.

Kincaid, Linda G. 'Books' Appeal Is Elementary, My Dear Holmes Fans.' Boston Herald, 18 January 2006: 48.

Behe, Regis. 'Reconstructing a Case.' Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 22 January 2006 [Interview / Review].

Langan, Michael D. 'Brookner Misses the Mark While Barnes Shines in Pair of Brit Offerings.' Buffalo News (New York), 22 January 2006: G6.

Tully, Annie. 'Victorian Opposites.' Chicago Sun Times, 22 January 2006: B12.

Lanham, Fritz. 'Fact and Fiction.' The Houston Chronicle, 23 January 2006: 1 [Interview / Review].

Eichenberger, Bill. 'Q&A -- Julian Barnes.' The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), 25 January 2006: Life 4 [Interview].

Kinchen, David M. 'Arthur & George Novelizes Actual Events of England More than a Century Ago with Startling Clarity, Compassion, Complexity.' HuntingtonNews.net, 25 January 2006.

Miller, Brian. 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.' Seattle Weekly, 25 January 2006.

Murray, Noel. 'Sherlock at Home.' A.V. Club, 25 January 2006.

Corrigan, Maureen. 'The Birth of a Detective.' NPR, 26 January 2006 [Audio Review].

Cain, Chelsea. 'On Crime's Trail with A. Conan Doyle.' The Oregonian, 29 January 2006.

Childers, Doug. 'Fiction: Arthur & George.' Richmond Times-Dispatch, 29 January 2006.

Goldberg, Carole. 'Respectfully Yours.' Hartford Courant, 29 January 2006; Also printed in The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA.) as 'Novel Explores a Real Case Investigated by Conan Doyle.' 29 January 2006: E4.

Heltzel, Ellen Emry. 'Real Lives of Edwardian Men Foundation for Sherlockian Tale.' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 29 January 2006: 5L.

Matthews, Charles. 'In Deft Fiction, Doyle Dons Mantle of Holmes.' Baltimore Sun, 29 January 2006: 4C.

McAlpin, Heller. 'A True Case of Injustice.' San Francisco Chronicle, 29 January 2006.

Seiler, Casey. 'Sir Arthur Investigates.' The Times Union (Albany, NY), 29 January 2006: J1 [Interview / Review -- also available here].

Stephen, Charles. 'Complex Life of Arthur Conan Doyle Captured in Novel.' Lincoln Journal Star, 29 January 2006.

Walker, Kevin. 'Lives of 2 Disparate Souls Collide in Novel.' Tampa Tribune (Florida), 29 January 2006: 7.

Lopate, Leonard. 'Imagining Arthur Conan Doyle.' 30 January 2006 [Audio Interview].

Freeman, John. 'Elementary Justice: Julian Barnes Discusses Arthur & George.' New City Chicago, 31 January 2006 [Interview].

'An Interview With Julian Barnes.' Abebooks.co.uk, February 2006 [Discusses Arthur & George, as well as books and book-related issues].

Loerzel, Robert. 'A Crusade by Sherlock's Creator.' Pioneer Press (Winnetka, IL), 2 February 2006: B5 [Interview].

Thomas, Rob. 'Arthur & George More Than Mystery.' The Capital Times (Madison, WI), 3 February 2006: A9 [Review].

Thomas, Rob. 'A Long Way from Holmes.' The Capital Times (Madison, WI), 3 February 2006: B1 [Interview].

Dilworth, Sharon. 'Sherlock Who?: Doyle's Greatest Case Inspires Barnes' Fine Novel.' Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5 February 2006: J6.

Appelo, Tim. 'CSI: Great Wyrley.' Seattle Weekly, 8 February 2006.

Campbell, Mary. 'Book Review: Arthur & George.' The Canadian Press (Canada.com), 11 February 2006; Reprinted as 'Creator Takes on a Case.' South Bend Tribune, 12 February 2006; Reprinted as 'Sherlock's Creator Dons His Detective Hat.' IndyStar.com, 19 February 2006.

Campbell, Geoff. 'It Doesn't Take a Sleuth to See Genius Here.' Star-Telegram, 12 February 2006.

Harlow, John. 'Julian Barnes Hits US Top Spot.' Sunday Times, 12 February 2006.

Watson, Chris. 'Arthur Conan Doyle Plays the Sleuth.' Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12 February 2006.

Weeks, Jerome. 'A Sherlock, No, Just His Creator.' The Beacon Journal, 12 February 2006; Reprinted as 'A Historical Footnote Becomes the Stuff of Great Fiction.' The State (South Carolina), 26 February 2006.

Lewis, Georgie. 'Julian and Arthur and George.' Powells.com, 13 February 2006 [Interview].

Muchnick, Laurie. 'A True Story as Masterful Fiction.' Newsday.com, 19 February 2006.

Eagleton, Terry. 'The Facts.' The Nation, 20 February 2006.

Hoffman, Heather. 'Parallel Lives -– Real and Conjured.' Santa Monica Mirror, 22 February 2006.

Kleffel, Rick. 'Arthur & George.' The Agony Column Book Reviews and Commentary, 26 February 2006 [Listen to an audio interview available from February 27th].

Moore, Mike. 'Arthur Conan Doyle Helps Find Justice.' The Decatur Daily (Alabama), 26 February 2006.

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