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The Man Booker at Birkbeck: Julian Barnes

Each year, a Man Booker prize nominee comes to Birkbeck to deliver a talk and take part in a question and answer session. This year, Professor Russell Celyn Jones will join Julian Barnes in conversation about his novel, The Sense of an Ending (Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize) and now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

All students attending are invited to collect a free copy of the book, which will be available from the Birkbeck Library from early October, to read in advance of the event.

Registration is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential -reserve your place using our online booking form here.

(NB This event is only open to Birkbeck students, staff and alumni)

The Sense of an Ending is the story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past. Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

Previous author visits have included:

Supported by Birkbeck, University of London and the Booker Prize Foundation