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England, England
 
England, England, by Julian Barnes (Vintage Edition)

 

 

Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Within easy walking distance are replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, Harrods, Stonehenge, and the white cliffs of Dover. Martha Cochrane is hired by Sir Jack as his official cynic. The novel follows her development from childhood to retirement as a nation struggles to retain its cultural identity. One of Barnes's finest and funniest novels, England, England calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs. fiction, reality vs. art, nationhood, myth-making, and self-exploration.

English Editions (View Translations)

England, England. London: Jonathan Cape, 1998. £15.99.

England, England. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. $23.00.

England, England. Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1998. Pp. 266. Paperbound. Copyright page states, 'Printed in the United States of America | First Canadian Edition'.

England, England. London: Picador, 1999. Pp. 266.


Reviews

Nünning, Vera. "The Invention of Cultural Traditions: The Construction and Destruction of Englishness and Authenticity in Julian Barnes' England, England." Anglia 119 (2001): 58-76. Available in .pdf format courtesy of the author and the publisher.  

Anichini, Ilaria. FENOMENOLOGIE E CORTOCIRCUITI DELLA DUPLICAZIONE. UN'ANALISI DI ENGLAND, ENGLAND DI JULIAN BARNES. UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PISA, 2002-03 (FACOLTÀ DI LINGUE E LETTERATURE STRANIERE). http://www.julianbarnes.com/docs/Ilaria-Anichini.pdf

The Complete Review. "England, England." (1999). Nice breakdown of the critical responses to Barnes's novel. Includes a review which recommends the novel.

Hazleton, Lesley. "Author Julian Barnes Is Just a Normal Guy." The Seattle Times (12 April 1999). Interview with Barnes upon the publication of the US edition of England, England.

Hirschorn, Michael and Robert McCrum. "The Book Club." Slate (19-23 April 1999). Hirschorn and McCrum discuss Julian Barnes's England, England and Ian Buruma's Anglomania.

Godø, Mikael. "England som temapark." DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV 22 (May 1999).

Curb, Randall. "England, England." BookPage (May 1999): 4.

Eder, Richard. "Tomorrowland." New York Times Book Review (9 May 1999): 17.

Kakutani, Michiko. "'England, England': England as Theme Park." New York Times (11 May 1999): B7.

Lydon, Christopher. "The Real Thing: An Interview with Julian Barnes." Christopher Lydon interviews Barnes for The Connection, care of WBUR in Boston (19 May 1999). The interview will be archived for a few weeks, but cassettes of the broadcast can be purchased for $15.00. Please visit the WBUR Website for additional information, or call The Connection at 1-800-909-9287.

Grypp, Diane. "Books: England, England." Flak Magazine (No Date Provided)

Wiegand, David. "England Imagined as a Theme Park in Julian Barnes' Witty Satire." San Francisco Chronicle (23 May 1999): 3.

"Robert Birnbaum Interviews Julian Barnes." Julian Barnes Website, 1999. (Lengthy interview upon the U.S. publication of England, England.) http://www.julianbarnes.com/resources/birnbaum-ee.html

Carey, John. "Land of Make-Believe." Sunday Times (London) 23 August 1998.

Roberts, Ryan. "Bloody Golden Eggs Again!" Julian Barnes Website 23 August 1998. (Also published in Authors Review of Books no.10, Summer/Fall 1999.)

Bradshaw, Peter. "England, England." London Evening Standard. 24 August 1998.

Linklater, Andro. "A Very English Whimsy." The Herald Online. 27 August 1998.

Cunningham, Valentine. "England, England." Independent. 29 August 1998.

Lanchester, John. "A Vision of England." Electronic Telegraph. 29 August 1998. Includes interview with Barnes. (+)

Thwaite, Anthony. "Buying up Buck House." Electronic Telegraph. 29 August 1998.

Dening, Penelope. "Inventing England." Irish Times. 8 September 1998. Includes interview with Barnes.

Gee, Maggie. "Career, money, sex - why waste time on them?" Electronic Telegraph (booksonline). 8 September 1998.

Marr, Andrew. "England the theme park." Electronic Mail & Guardian. 13 October 1998. (Also appeared in the Manchester Guardian Weekly as Theme-park Authenticity" (13 September 1998); and the Observer as "England, England" (30 August 1998; Includes photo of Julian Barnes.)

Gee, Maggie. "Julian Barnes: England, England." Electronic Telegraph. 25 September 1998. Related to the Booker Short List announcement.

Norman, Matthew. "Diary." Guardian. 7 October 1998.

Erikson, Magnus. "Barnes, Julian: England, England." Svenska Dagbladet. 8 October 1998. (Non-English).

Fern, Ong Sor. "You got to wait to get to theme park." The Straits Time Interactive. 24 October 1998.

Kellaway, Lucy. "We Can't Do Business." Prospect. October 1998.

Holgate, Andrew. "Reviewers Reviewed." Waterstone's W Magazine.

Marchand, Philip. "Albion, the Theme Park." The Toronto Star Online. 29 November 1998.

Walton, Stephen. "Når England flyttar til ei anna øy." Dag og Tid. December 1998.

Skea, Ann. "England, England." eclectica book reviews. (January/February 1999).

The Booker Prize for Fiction

McCrum, Robert. "A Booker at betting time." Observer. September 20, 1998.

Branswell, Helen. "Mootoo novel doesn't make Booker shortlist." Canoe. September 24, 1998.

Battersby, Eileen. "English writers dominate 30th Booker shortlist." The Irish Times. September 25, 1998.

"Booker shortlist: the odds, the prose and the opinion." Guardian. September 25, 1998.

Glaister, Dan. "Bus driver hailed by Booker judges." Guardian. September 25, 1998.

Jackson, Jennifer. "B.C. writer was Booker contender." The Ottawa Citizen. September 25, 1998.

Reynolds, Nigel and John Coldstream. "Busman's journey to literary fame." Electronic Telegraph. September 25, 1998.

Reynolds, Nigel. "McEwan wins Booker Prize". Electronic Telegraph. October 28, 1998.

Battersby, Eileen. "McEwan savours Booker as Bainbridge gets sympathy." Ian McEwan's Amsterdam wins the 1998 Booker Prize for Fiction. The Irish Times. October 29, 1998.

 
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