Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Sunday Times bestsellers The Noise of Time and The Only Story. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and three books of non-fiction, including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life and The Man in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.
This is an erudite, entertaining and highly personal collection of essays from the Booker Prize-winning novelist. -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler * Extremely rewarding, informative, attentive, thoughtful, entertaining essays. -- David Sexton * Evening Standard * It's a readable, riveting, informed work with sharp, marvelous anecdotes and observations. In this beautifully illustrated book you're in great company. Barnes is a sane and steady guide... Wonderful stuff. -- Niall McMonagle * Irish Independent * I became entirely mesmerised by Barnes' prose... Keeping an Eye Open is a rich and thoughtful book that should not be rushed. These essays are too full of chiaroscuro, their flashes of illumination too fascinating, their connections too interesting for a cursory reading. -- Roma Tearne * Independent * [A] beautifully produced and judiciously illustrated collection. -- Keith Miller, 4 stars * Daily Telegraph *