Before She Met Me

Before She Met Me

By Julian Barnes

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780099540076, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2014


"A remarkably original and subtle novel." --Frank Kermode, New York Review of Books
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011
   Graham Hendrick, an historian, has left his wife Barbara for the vivacious Ann, and is more than pleased with his new life. Until, that is, the day he discovers Ann's celluloid past as a mediocre film actress. Soon Graham is pouncing on old clues, examining her books for inscriptions from past lovers, frequenting cinemas and poring over the bad movies she appeared in. It's not that he blames Anne for having a past before they met, but history has always mattered to him.

About the Author

JULIAN BARNES is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

Praise For Before She Met Me

   • "Funny, sad and faintly ominous... making jealousy tangible and dangerous." --Spectator 

   • "An intelligent and addictive entertainment... Mr. Barnes has succeeded in writing one of those books that keep us up until 2am reading just one chapter more... few will be able to resist its easy humour and almost insidious readability." --New York Times Book Review