Staring at the Sun
Julian Barnes

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Narrated By: Alix Dunmore

Duration: 6 hours and 25 minutes

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011

Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.

© Julian Barnes 1986 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


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Brilliant... Mr Barnes's work is at the forefront of a new internationalization of British fiction

New York Times

None of Mr Barnes's previous work... has quite prepared us for the bewildering maturity of Staring at the dazzles in depth

Harpers & Queen

A remarkable and risk-taking book, breezily philosophical and light-fingered, funny and also genuinely affecting in that it touches both the heart and the head