'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed ...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion
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"It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world."
Guardian||"This is a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing."
The Times||"It's an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry... Anyone who has loved and suffered loss, or just suffered, should read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it."
Independent||"Levels of Lifeis both a supremely crafted artefact and a desolating guidebook to the land of loss."
Sunday Times||"While one might expect a Barnes book to impress, delight, move, disconcert or amuse, the last thing for which his work prepares us is the blast of paralysingly direct emotion that concludesLevels of Life."