The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes

Nominated four times for the Man Booker Prize, Julian Barnes has won this year's prestigeous literary prize for his short novel, The Sense of an Ending. Barnes wins £50,000 (approximately $80,000) and an increase in sales from the ensuing interest surrounding the Booker prize. Find signed copies of The Sense of an Ending here.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction has promoted the best in fiction since 1969. This year, two of the six books shortlisted for the prize were first time novelists Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller. There are two Canadian writers on the list including Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan who currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. We have an interview with Esi Edugyan.

The best known author among the candidates is Julian Barnes, author of Authur and George who was shortlisted for The Sense of An Ending. Jamrach's Menagerie author, Carol Birch completes the list.


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2011 Booker Shortlist

Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel by Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel
Carol Birch

Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean.

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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers
Patrick deWitt

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape of Gold Rush America.

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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman Pigeon English
Stephen Kelman

A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

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The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.

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Snowdrops by A.D. MillerSnowdrops
A.D. Miller

The twists in the story take it far beyond its noirish frame—the sordid and vivid portrayal of Moscow serves as a backdrop for a book that examines the irresistible allure of sin, featuring characters whose hearts are as cold as the Russian winter.

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues
Esi Edugyan

The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black.

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