Metroland

Paperback | January 8, 2014

byJulian Barnes

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"I cannot remember when I enjoyed a first novel more." --Daily Telegraph

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011.


Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school they cast a cynical eye over their various dislikes: parents with their lives of spotless emptiness, Third Division (North) football teams, God, commuters and girls, and the inhabitants of Metroland, the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls home. Longing for real life to begin, we follow Christopher to Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, only to miss it all in a haze of sex, French theatre and first love, leading, to Toni's disappointment, back to Metroland.

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"I cannot remember when I enjoyed a first novel more." --Daily Telegraph Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011.Christopher and Toni found in each other the perfect companion for that universal adolescent pastime: smirking at the world as you find it. In between training as flaneurs and the grind of school they cast a cynical ...

JULIAN BARNES is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.53 inPublished:January 8, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099540061

ISBN - 13:9780099540069

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"If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel." --New Statesman

"It's one of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read." --Times Educational Supplement