Author(s): Julian Barnes
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night, where he meets Gillian, a picture restorer recovering from a destructive affair. Stuart's best friend Oliver is his complete opposite - a language teacher who 'talks like a dictionary', brash and feckless. Soon Stuart and Gillian are married, but it is not long before a tentative friendship between the three evolves into something far different. Talking it Over is a brilliant and intimate account of love's vicissitudes. It begins as a comedy of misunderstanding, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.
'Few writers think and talk to beguilingly. This book is wonderfully funny. And intelligent. And moving' Independent on Sunday
Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 Chapters, England, England and Arthur and George, and two collections of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.