Book clinic: which authors can be likened to Julian Barnes?


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Comparisons to the Man Booker prize-winner are tricky, but our expert suggests an excellent starting point

I have just finished The Only Story and loved it – as I love all Julian Barnes’s books. Which other authors have a similar appeal?
Monica Verea, 65, Mexico

Rachel Cooke, author and Observer writer/critic, writes:
This is tricky question to answer: there’s no one quite like Julian Barnes, for which reason I’m wary of making comparisons. But perhaps a good place to start might be with a writer he admires. No, not Flaubert; I’m thinking, in this instance, of Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000).

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