Elizabeth Finch

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Jonathan Cape

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Alfred A. Knopf

Elizabeth Finch was a teacher, a thinker, an inspiration - always rigorous, always thoughtful. With careful empathy, she guided her students to develop meaningful ideas and to discover their centres of seriousness.

As a former student unpacks her notebooks and remembers her uniquely inquisitive mind, her passion for reason resonates through the years. Her ideas unlock the philosophies of the past, and explore key events that show us how to make sense of our lives today. And underpinning them all is the story of J - Julian the Apostate, her historical soulmate and fellow challenger to the institutional and monotheistic thinking that has always threatened to divide us.

This is more than a novel. It's a loving tribute to philosophy, a careful evaluation of history, an invitation to think for ourselves. It's a moment to reflect and to gently explore our own theories and assumptions. It is truly a balm for our times.


"A lyrical, thoughtful, and intriguing exploration of love, grief, and the collective myths of history. Barnes adds yet another remarkable title to his astoundingly remarkable body of work." -- Booklist


Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Vintage NOTE: When possible, editions are linked to entries in the online Julian Barnes Bibliography. These entries feature multiple images of the book and additional bibliographic details.
English Editions

Elizabeth Finch. London: Jonathan Cape, 2022. [Visit the Penguin Random House website.] [Unbound page proofs; Bound UK Proof]

Elizabeth Finch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2022. [Uncorrected proof]

Elizabeth Finch. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2022.

Elizabeth Finch. London: Vintage, 2023.

Audio Editions

Bolinda Publishing, 2022. Read by Justin Avoth. 5 hours, 17 minutes (ISBN: 9781038601049; 5 compact discs). (ISBN: 9781038601056; “MP3 Ready” on 1 compact disc).

Translated Editions
Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Atlas Contact

Dutch - Elizabeth Finch. Atlas Contact, 2022. Translated by Ronald Vlek.

French - Elizabeth Finch. Mercure de France, 2022. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin.

German - Elizabeth Finch. Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2022. Gertraude Krueger (Translator)

Greek - Ελίζαμπεθ Φιντς | Elizabeth Finch. ΜΕΤΑΙΧΜΙΟ, 2022. Κατερίνα Σχινά (Katerina Schina) (Translator)

Russian - Элизабет Финч | Ėlizabet Finch. Москва : Издательство "Иностранка", [2022]. Петрова, Е С (Elena Serafimovna) (Translator)

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Metaixmio - Greek Translation

Swedish -  Elizabeth Finch. Bakhåll, 2022. Translated by Andreas Vesterlund.


Forthcoming ...


24 March 2022 - Anna Orhanen. "A UK Exclusive Q&A with Julian Barnes on Elizabeth Finch," Waterstones Blog.

Julian Barnes with Nihal Arthanayake. The Penguin Podcast, 21 February 2023.


'[Barnes] is always clever, often original and unusually funny... Elizabeth Finch...offers plenty to chew on...with barely a sentence in it that doesn't have some nutritional value.'' - John Self, The Times

'A singular tale.'' - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2022*

'Everything Barnes writes changes everything... Barnes's latest novel, must be read at least twice for the full force of its voltage to be felt... A cryptic crossword of a novel, Elizabeth Finch is a tricksier and even brainier version of Flaubert's Parrot.' - Frances Wilson, Oldie

'The book's central and most enthralling section...deals with a figure EF esteemed as a kindred spirit: Julian the Apostate... A bravura exercise in nimbly handled erudition... [Elizabeth Finch] also celebrates the cast of mind Barnes most prizes. A connoisseur and master of irony himself, he fills this book with instances of its exhilarating power.' - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

'Elizabeth Finch ranks alongside Barnes' best.' - Joshua Pugh Ginn, UK Press Syndication

'A new novel from Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes is always a literary event, and Elizabeth Finch...is not different. Wistful, thought-provoking stuff.' - Sunday Telegraph

'This is...Julian Barnes...in his best ambitious high concept mode, serious and playful at once.' - Lindsay Duguid, Tablet, *Novel of the Week*