The Only Story

The Only Story by Julian Barnes Jonathan Cape

‘Most of us have only one story to tell. I don’t mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there’s only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.’



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. The Only Story by Julian Barnes Knopf
English Editions

The Only Story. London: Jonathan Cape, 2018. [Uncorrected Proof]

The Only Story. London: London Review Bookshop, 2018. Signed, limited edition of 100 copies; 75 in quarter leather and 25 in full leather.

The Only Story. London: Jonathan Cape, 2018. [Foyles signed edition limited to 1,500 copies "with an exclusive cream dust jacket and ribboned marker, and signed by Julian Barnes."]

The Only Story. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. [Uncorrected proof].

The Only Story. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018.

The Only Story. London: Vintage, 2019; Also available in "A" format.

The Only Story. New York: Vintage International, 2019.

Audiobook Editions

The Only Story. Leicester: W. F. Howes, 2018. Audiobook on 7 audio discs. Read by Guy Mott. Approximately 7 hours, 15 minutes. ISBN: 9781510098497.

Translated Editions

Catalan - L’única història. Barcelona: Angle Editorial, 2019. Translated by Alexandre Gombau i Arnau.

Chinese - 唯一的故事. Yilin, 2021. Translated by 郭国良 (Guo Guoliang).

Croatian - Jedina priča. Zagreb: Opus Gradna, 2018. Translated by Igor Buljan.

Czech - Jediný příběh. Prague: Odeon, 2019. Translated by Petr Fantys.

Danish - Den Eneste Historie. [Copenhagen]: Gyldendal, 2018. Translated by Claus Bech. Other editions: Gyldendals Bogklubber, 2018 [Book Club].

Dutch - Het enige verhaal. Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2018. Translated by Ronald Vlek.

French - La Seule histoire. Mercure de France, 2018. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. Other editions: Folio, 2020.

Georgian - ერთადერთი ამბავი. Tbilisi: Diogene, 2018. Translated by ზაზა ჭილაძემ (Zaza Chiladze) and გია ჭუმბურიძემ (Gia Chumburidze)

German - Die einzige Geschichte. Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2019. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. Other editions: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 2019 [Book Club]; btb, 2019.

Greek - Η ΜΟΝΑΔΙΚH ΙΣΤΟΡIΑ. Athens: Metaixmio, 2018. Translated by Κατερίνα Σχινά [Katerina Schina].

Italian - L’unica storia. Torino: Einaudi, 2018. Translated by Susanna Basso. Other editions: Milan: Mondolibri, 2019 [Book Club].

Korean - 연애의 기억. 경기도 파주시: 다산 북스, 2018. [Kyŏnggi-do P’aju-si: Dasan, 2018].

Lithuanian - Vienintelė istorija. baltos lankos, 2019. Translated by Nijolė Regina Chijenienė.

Macedonian - Само една приказна. Матица, 2018. Translated by Љубица Стојковска (Ljubica Stojkovska).

Persian - فقط یک داستان. Nashrenow, 2020. Translated by سهیل سُمی (Soheil Sommy).

Polish - Jedyna historia. Warsaw: Świat Książki, 2018. Translated by Dominika Lewandowska-Rodak.

Portuguese - A Única História. Quetzal Editores, 2019. Translated by Helena Cardoso. See also: Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 2018. Translated by Léa Viveiros de Castro.

Russian - Одна история. Moscow: Издательство “Иностранка” [Inostranka], 2018. Translated by Е. Петровой [E. Petrova].

Serbian - Jedina priča. Beograd: Geopoetika, 2018. Translated by Jelena Lazić.

Slovak - Jediný príbeh. Artforum, 2018. Translated by Barbara Sigmundová.

Spanish - La única historia. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2019. Translated by Jaime Zulaika.

Swedish - Den enda historien. Stockholm: Forum, 2018. Translated by Mats Hörmark. Other editions: Månpocket, 2019.

Turkish - Biricik Hikâye. Ayrıntı Yayınları, 2020. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kırkoğlu.



Excerpt - Read an excerpt fromJulian Barnes's novel The Only Story, courtesy of the author and Penguin Random House.


29 Jan. 2018 - Rachel Cooke. "Julian Barnes: ‘Flaubert could have written a great novel about contemporary America’." The Guardian. ["The writer discusses his latest novel, the demands of modern readers and his fondness for unusual books."]


Het enige verhaal by Julian Barnes

28 Jan. 2018 - Alex Clark. "Julian Barnes’s Latest Novel, The Only Story, Is a Tale of Absolute Devastation," The New Statesman.

27 Jan. 2018 - Lara Feigel. "For Julian Barnes, the only story is a love story — and it’s inevitably sad," The Spectator.

26 Jan. 2018 - Kate Clanchy. "An Exquisite Look at Love," The Guardian.

26 Jan. 2018 - Jon Day. "Above All, Love," Financial Times.

26 Jan. 2018 - Rosemary Goring. "Review: The Only Story, by Julian Barnes," Herald Scotland.