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The Man in the Red Coat

By Julian Barnes

Jonathan Cape


Julian Barnes is best known as the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, and the writer behind the acclaimed 1984 novel Flaubert’s Parrot, but he is also an essayist, memoirist and writer of non-fiction. His latest book falls into the latter category and began with a trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2015 where Barnes came ...