Julian Barnes scooped the Man Booker 2011 Prize and a cheque for £50,000 for his short novel, The Sense Of An Ending. This was the fourth time Barnes was shortlisted for the prize; the first time was in 1984 for Flaubert’s Parrot, the second time in 1998 for England, England, and the third time in 2005 for Arthur & George.
Chair of Judges, Stella Rimington said it is a book that deserves to be read two or three times, as it is so crammed with information that you don’t necessarily take it all in on a first reading. It has -
the markings of a classic of English Literature. It is exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each reading.”
When accepting the prize, Barnes commented on his book as being an object of beauty and the importance of this.
Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you think of its contents, will probably agree it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the ebook, it has to look like something worth buying, worth keeping.”