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'Talking It Over' by Julian Barnes
Picador Books 1992, softcover, 273 pages.
In good condition, minor creasing to cover, all pages clean.

"A witty and provocative novel from the author of the masterpiece Flaubert's Parrot.
Stuart Hughes and Oliver Russell have been friends since childhood. When the fiscally astute but socially inept Stuart meets the beautiful and artistic Gillian Wyatt at a London wine bar, Oliver can hardly believe it. Gillian clearly deserves someone more cultured, more sophisticated - someone more like Oliver himself. Oliver tags along on the couple's first dates, stands as best man at their wedding, and only when it is too late declares his love for his best friend's wife."

Amazon reviews:
"A psychological masterpiece. As always with Barnes, a deep feel of women, their feelings, motives, attitudes, perception, and actions. Quite a remarkable novel overall."

"This really is a quality book. It is a classic menage a trois, told in the first person by all three characters. The different views of identical events is entertaining and sometimes hilarious, and the love story will be familiar to everyone.
The characters are very real and you have met all of them (or at least parts of all of them) in your real life, and this gives the book real resonance.
I have read it three times (its extremely rare for me to read any book more than once), and it is easy to open a page at random and read a few pages.
Its impossible to read this book without smiling.
Highly recommended!"

Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters and Arthur and George, and two collections of short stories. His honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Please click here to ask a question
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