Julian Barnes fans and lovers of the short story won’t be disappointed by this collection of tales about love, loss and the senses.
Barnes recently lost his wife and the story Marriage Lines, about a newly widowed man who returns to the remote island beloved by his wife and him, is a heartwrenching portrait of grief.
The second half explores the senses and there is a historical flavour to the stories.
The Limner, for example, is a brilliant story set in the 18th century about a deaf portrait painter who exacts sweet revenge on his cold-hearted subject. The pulse of life runs through this book, leaving you thoroughly entertained and with much food for thought.
Pulse by Julian Barnes,
Jonathan Cape, R280