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Arthur & George

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Alfred A. Knopf hosts the Arthur & George Webpage: www.arthurandgeorge.com
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

Arthur & George explores what we think, what we believe, and what we know.

Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late 19th century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Catholic Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George a Birmingham solicitor, is happy in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.

With a mixture of intense research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings into sharp focus not just this long-forgotten case but the inner workings of the two men and the wider psychology of the age. Arthur & George is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes. It is a novel about low crime and high spirituality; guilt and innocence; identity, nationality and race; and thwarted passion.

Winner of The Annual Best Foreign Novels, 21st Century, as chosen by the China Association for the Study of British Literature

EDITIONS & TRANSLATIONS / INTERVIEWS / REVIEWS / THEATRE

EDITIONS & TRANSLATIONS

English Editions

Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005

Arthur & George. London: London Review Bookshop, 2005
[Limited to 25 copies in quarter leather, signed by Julian Barnes.]

Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005
[Limited to 125 copies in quarter cloth, signed by Julian Barnes.]

Arthur & George. Random House Canada, 2005

Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2006
[Special paperback edition in conjunction with Julian Barnes's selection for the Richard & Judy Book Club.]

Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006

Arthur & George. Bath: Windsor, 2006 (Large Print)

Arthur & George. London: Vintage, 2007

Arthur & George. New York: Vintage, 2007

Translated Editions

Bulgarian - Arthur & George. Sofia: Obsidian Press, 2006. Pp. 480. Translated by Ljubomir Nikolov. ISBN: 9789547691339

Galician - Arthur e George (Arthur & George). Cangas do Morrazo: Rinoceronte Editora, 2006. Pp. 424. Translated by Xesús Fraga. ISBN: 9788493480158.

Dutch - Arthur & George. Amsterdam/Antwerpen: Uitgeverij Atlas, 2006. Pp. 478. Translated by Frans van der Wiel. ISBN: 9789045021911.

Serbian - Artur & Dzordz. Beograd: Geopoetika, 2006. Pp. 474. Translated by Ivana Ðuric Paunovic & Nina Ivanovic.

Swedish - Arthur & George. Stockholm: Forum, 2006. Pp. 445. Translated by Mats Hörmark.

Catalan - Arthur i George. Barcelona: Angle Editorial, 2011. Pp. 592. Translated by Albert Torrescasana and Joan Puntí. ISBN: 9788415002772. Other editions: Arthur i George. Barcelona: Angle Editorial, 2007. Pp. 512. Translated by Albert Torrescasana Flotats and Joan Puntí Recasens. ISBN: 9788496521629; Barcelona: Circulo de Lectores, 2007. Pp. 453. Translated by Jaime Zulaika.

Chinese - Yase yu Qiaozhi. Beijing Sh: Ren min wen xue chu ban she, 2007. Pp. 470. Translated by Lehao Kuai & Leifang Zhang.

Czech - Arthur & George. V Praze : Odeon, 2007. Pp. 473. Translated by Zora Wolfová.

French - Arthur & George. Paris: Mercure de France, 2007. Pp. 560. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 9782715226128

German - Arthur & George. Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2007. Pp. 528. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 9783462037067.

Italian - Arthur e George. Torino: Einaudi, 2007. Pp. 431. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin.

Norwegian - Arthur & George. Oslo: Aschehoug, 2007. Pp. 511 [1]. Translated by Knut Ofstad.

Polish - Arthur & George. Warszawa : Swiat Ksiazki, 2007. Pp. 588. Translated by Joanna Puchalska.

Portuguese - Arthur & George. Sede: Edições ASA, 2007. Pp. 442. Translated by Helena Cardoso. ISBN: 9789724150994.

Spanish - Arthur & George. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2007. Pp. 528. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. ISBN: 9788433971227.

Turkish - Arthur ve George. Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2009. Pp. 456. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kirkoglu. ISBN: 9789755394763.

INTERVIEWS

02/26/2006 - Julian Barnes - Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

09/22/2006 - Interview with Julian Barnes - Gavin Esler, BBC News Hardtalk

02/21/2006 - Julian Barnes - Gretchen Holbrook, The Book Show: Episode #919

02/13/2006 - Julian and Arthur and George - Georgie Lewis, Powells.com

Feb 2006 - An Interview With Julian Barnes - Abebooks.co.uk
[Arthur & George, as well as books and book-related issues.]

02/03/2006 - A Long Way from Holmes - Rob Thomas, The Capital Times (Madison, WI) p.B1

02/02/2006 - A Crusade by Sherlock's Creator - Robert Loerzel, Pioneer Press (Winnetka, IL) p.B5

01/31/2006 - Elementary Justice: Julian Barnes Discusses Arthur & George - John Freeman, New City Chicago

01/30/2006 - Imagining Arthur Conan Doyle - Leonard Lopate, WNYC

01/25/2006 - Q&A — Julian Barnes - Bill Eichenberger, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) Life 4

01/23/2006 - Fact and Fiction - Fritz Lanham, The Houston Chronicle p.1

01/22/2006 - Reconstructing a Case - Regis Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

10/08/2005 - A Pretty Good Bet - Pat Donnelly, The Gazette (Montreal) p.H1

10/06/2005 - Down at the Pub with Julian - Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail

08/21/2005 - Julian Barnes: Arthur & George - The New Zealand Herald

07/06/2005 - Inside Story: 'It's for self-protection' Stuart Jeffries, G2: The Guardian (London) p.8
[Profile and interview; Reprinted 07/22/2005 - It's Hot under the Magnifying Glass - The Irish Times p.12]

REVIEWS

04/05/2007 - Barnes nominated for Impac award - BBC News

04/2007 - Dublin Literary Award Shortlist - Impac Dublin

02/26/2006 - Julian Barnes - Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

02/26/2006 - Arthur Conan Doyle Helps Find Justice - Mike Moore, The Decatur Daily (Alabama)

02/22/2006 - Parallel Lives - Real and Conjured - Heather Hoffman, Santa Monica Mirror

02/20/2006 - The Facts - Terry Eagleton, The Nation

02/19/2006 - A True Story as Masterful Fiction - Laurie Muchnick, Newsday.com

02/12/2006 - A Sherlock, No, Just His Creator - Jerome Weeks, The Beacon Journal
[Reprinted 02/26/2006 - A Historical Footnote Becomes the Stuff of Great Fiction - The State (South Carolina)]

02/12/2006 - Arthur Conan Doyle Plays the Sleuth - Chris Watson, Santa Cruz Sentinel

02/12/2006 - It Doesn't Take a Sleuth to See Genius Here - Geoff Campbell, Star-Telegram

02/12/2006 - Julian Barnes Hits US Top Spot - John Harlow, Sunday Times

02/11/2006 - Book Review: Arthur & George - Mary Campbell, The Canadian Press (Canada.com)
[Reprinted 02/12/2006 - Creator Takes on a Case - South Bend Tribune; Reprinted 02/19/2006 - Sherlock's Creator Dons His Detective Hat - IndyStar.com]

02/08/2006 - CSI: Great Wyrley - Tim Appelo, Seattle Weekly

02/05/2006 - Sherlock Who?: Doyle's Greatest Case Inspires Barnes' Fine Novel - Sharon Dilworth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette p.J6

02/03/2006 - Arthur & George More Than Mystery - Rob Thomas, The Capital Times (Madison, WI) p.A9

01/29/2006 - A True Case of Injustice - Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle

01/29/2006 - Complex Life of Arthur Conan Doyle Captured in Novel - Charles Stephen, Lincoln Journal Star

01/29/2006 - Fiction: Arthur & George - Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch

01/29/2006 - In Deft Fiction, Doyle Dons Mantle of Holmes - Charles Matthews, Baltimore Sun p.4C

01/29/2006 - Lives of 2 Disparate Souls Collide in Novel - Kevin Walker, Tampa Tribune (Florida) p.7

01/29/2006 - On Crime's Trail with A. Conan Doyle - Chelsea Cain, The Oregonian

01/29/2006 - Real Lives of Edwardian Men Foundation for Sherlockian Tale - Ellen Emry Heltzel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution p.5L

01/29/2006 - Respectfully Yours - Carole Goldberg, Hartford Courant
[Also 01/29/2006 - Novel Explores a Real Case Investigated by Conan Doyle - The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA.) p.E4]

01/29/2006 - Sir Arthur Investigates - Casey Seiler, The Times Union (Albany, NY) p.J1

01/26/2006 - The Birth of a Detective - Maureen Corrigan, NPR (Audio Review)

01/25/2006 - Arthur & George Novelizes Actual Events of England More than a Century Ago with Startling Clarity, Compassion, Complexity - David M. Kinchen, HuntingtonNews.net

01/25/2006 - Sherlock at Home - Noel Murray, A.V. Club

01/25/2006 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly

01/23/2006 - Fact and Fiction - Fritz Lanham, The Houston Chronicle p.1

01/22/2006 - Brookner Misses the Mark While Barnes Shines in Pair of Brit Offerings - Michael D. Langan, Buffalo News (New York) p.G6

01/22/2006 - Reconstructing a Case - Regis Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

01/22/2006 - Victorian Opposites - Annie Tully, Chicago Sun Times p.B12

01/18/2006 - Books' Appeal Is Elementary, My Dear Holmes Fans - Linda G. Kincaid, Boston Herald p.48

01/17/2006 - Edalji's Cow - Alexis Soloski, Village Voice p.77

01/17/2006 - How Would Sherlock Holmes Fare in Real Life? - Marjorie Kehe, Christian Science Monitor p.13

01/16/2006 - The Case of the Sore Thumb: Elementary, My Dear Watson - David Thomson, New York Observer Books 21

01/15/2006 - A Challenging, Entertaining Tale - Brad Zellar, Star Tribune (Minneapolis - St. Paul) p.14F

01/15/2006 - A World in Which Honor Mattered - Carole Goldberg, Hartford Courant (Connecticut) p.G3

01/15/2006 - Arthur & George: Excellent - But Hardly Elementary - Betsy Willeford, Times (New Jersey)

01/15/2006 - Of Love and Sleuthing - Carol Herman, Washington Times p.B6

01/15/2006 - Speak, History: The Man Who Could Have Been—And Was—Conan Doyle - Celia McGee, Daily News (New York) p.23

01/15/2006 - The Case of the Innocent Man - Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review p.R8

01/15/2006 - The Game's Afoot - Terrence Rafferty, New York Times Book Review p.1-3

01/15/2006 - Trapped in a Loveless Marriage - Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World p.T15
[Also published 01/22/2006 - Beneath 'Historical' Novel, Playful Duet Ensues - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]

01/15/2006 - Unlikely Friends - Gail Caldwell, Boston Globe p.K8

01/15/2006 - Victorian-Style Novel Teaches Modern Lessons - Peter Wolfe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch p.F8

01/14/2006 - Review - John Freeman, Wall Street Journal P10

01/13/2006 - Crime-solving with Sir Arthur - Vicky Uhland, Rocky Mountain News p.24 (Grade: A)

01/13/2006 - The Adventure of Arthur Conan Doyle - Brendan Bernhard, LA Weekly p.54

01/08/2006 - The Curious Case of the Not-Quite Englishmen - Kerry Fried, Newsday (New York) p.C31

01/06/2006 - Arthur & George: A Grand Mystery Based on History - Robert Allen Papinchak, Seattle Times p.J8

01/06/2006 - Book Review: Arthur & George - Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

01/04/2006 - The Secret Life of Conan Doyle - Benjamin Lytal, New York Sun p.12

01/03/2006 - The Strange Case of Julian Barnes - Wendy Lesser, Slate.com

11/03/2005 - Some voices of Britain still charming and droll - Mike Ichioka, McGill Daily (95.17)

11/2005 - L'éventreur du Staffordshire - Laurence Tourniaire, Sitartmag.com

11/2005 - Nothing Elementary about Julian Barnes - Magdalena Ball, Reviews: Culture and the Media

10/29/2005 - Case of the Forgotten Victorian - Rebecca Wigod, The Vancouver Sun p.F19

10/26/2005 - In the Spirit of the Time - Philip Marchand, Toronto Star p.F3

10/23/2005 - Holmes' Creator Takes a Case - Nancy Schiefer, London Free Press (Ontario) p.D8

10/18/2005 - The Original Man of Mystery - Robert Fulford, National Post (Canada) p.AL1

10/13/2005 - Arthur & George - John Burns, Straight.com

10/09/2005 - Conan Doyle's on the Case in Satisfying Novel - Tim McNamara, Edmonton Journal (Alberta) p.E12

10/09/2005 - Mismatched Pair Made Legal History - Nancy Wigston, The Toronto Star p.D6

10/08/2005 - Arthur Is a White Knight and George a Marked Man - Pat Donnelly, The Gazette (Montreal) p.H4

08/27/2005 - Elementary Brilliance - Katharine England, The Advertiser p.W16

08/27/2005 - Tale of Pony Outrage - Blanche Clark, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) p.W28

08/21/2005 - Julian Barnes: Arthur & George - The New Zealand Herald

08/14/2005 - Julian Barnes: Mystery Man - Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer p.23

08/06/2005 - Mordant Fragments - David Matthews, The Australian p.11

07/30/2005 - Remaking History - Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times (London) p.32

07/30/2005 - Shades of Sherlock, But Not At All Elementary - Jane Cornwell, The Australian p.9

07/23/2005 - Watching the Detective - Robert Hanks, The Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia) p.M07

07/17/2005 - Even Sherlock Holmes Couldn't Solve This One - John Williams, Mail on Sunday (London) p.66

07/16/2005 - Loyal Supporter - Peter Aspden, Financial Times (London) p.14

07/16/2005 - Shifts in the Ether - Nigel Farndale, The Age

07/15/2006 - A Secret Mystery of History - Andrew Taylor, The Independent (London) p.24

07/11/2005 - Bumps in the Night - Robert Winder, New Statesman

07/10/2005 - Arthur & George - Tim Cribb, South China Morning Post p.5

07/10/2005 - Elementary Dear Barnes - Lorne Jackson, Sunday Mercury p.6

07/09/2005 - Ideal Holmes Exhibition - P. D. James, The Times (London) p.7

07/09/2005 - The Curious Case of the Slashed Horse - Sebastian Smee, The Spectator p.34

07/09/2005 - The Law Was Blind, and Sir Valiant Too - The Economist (U.S. Edition)

07/08/2005 - Elementary, My Dear Barnes - Robert Hanks, The Independent (London) p.20-21

07/08/2005 - New Fiction - Michael Arditti, Daily Mail (London) p.60

07/08/2005 - Whodunit Gives Clues on the Real Holmes - Andrew Martin, The Express p.50

07/04/2005 - Facts Behind the Fiction - David Sexton, The Evening Standard (London) p.63

07/04/2005 - The Whole Sleuth - Rosemary Goring, The Herald (Glasgow) p.6

07/03/2005 - A Far from Elementary Novel - Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph (London) p.11

07/03/2005 - Stranger Than Any Fiction - Andrew Crumey, The Scotland on Sunday p.6

07/03/2005 - The Game's Afoot! - Simon O'Hagan, Independent on Sunday (London) p.23

07/02/2005 - Ideal Holmes Exhibition - David Robinson, The Scotsman p.14

07/02/2005 - Our Mutual Friends - Natasha Walter, The Guardian (London) p.26

06/26/2005 - Conan Doyle to the Rescue - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (London) p.37

06/26/2005 - Show Me the Way to Go, Holmes - Tim Adams, Observer p.15

The Booker Prize for Fiction

10/08/2005 - Booker Front-Runner - Aritha van Herk, The Calgary Herald (Alberta) p.F7
[Very positive review with extended interview.]

09/09/2005 - Big Names Are Left on Shelf as Booker Judges Go for an Intellectual Climax - Jack Malvern, Times (London)

09/09/2005 - Booker's Big Names Fall at the First - Nigel Reynolds, The Telegraph

09/09/2005 - Conan Doyle Detective Tale Favourite for Man Booker - David Robinson, Scotsman

09/09/2005 - Vintage Year for Booker ... But No McEwan - John Ezard, The Guardian

09/08/2005 - Barnes and Smith make Booker list - BBC News

09/08/2005 - Booker Shortlist Delivers Snub to Some Literary Lions - Jenny Booth, Times (London)

09/08/2005 - Former Winners Absent from Booker Shortlist - Sarah Crown, The Guardian

French Translation

01/28/2007 - Le masque et la plume - France Inter.

01/23/2007 - Laissez-vous tenter - RTL

01/13/2007 - Metropolis - Arte
[Radio: meeting with Julian Barnes in London at his house and in the Sherlock Holmes pub.]

01/12/2007 - Esprits Libres - France 2 [Radio Interview]

01/11/2007 - La bande à Bonnaud - France Inter.

01/04/2007 - Et pourtant elle tourne - France Inter.

01/04/2007 - Le grand retour de Mister Barnes - François Rivière, Figaro littéraire

01/04/2007 - Le 'J'accuse' de Sherlock Holmes - Jérôme Garcin, Nouvel Observateur (2200)

Spanish Translation

02/03/2007 - Dos maneras de ser inglés - José María Guelbenzu, El Pais

01/30/2007 - 'A los ingleses nos da igual la traición' - El Mundo p.57

01/30/2007 - Barnes novela el 'Dreyfuss' - Ernest Alós, el Periódico (cultura)

01/30/2007 - Gran Bretana ha tenido y tiene diversos casos Dreyfus - Xavi Ayén, La Vanguardia p.32

01/30/2007 - Julian Barnes novela un episodio de la vida de Arthur Conan Doyle en Arthur & George - Heraldo.es

THEATRE

Arthur & George - Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse
Arthur & George

Adapted by David Edgar

19 Mar 2010 - 10 Apr 2010

Birmingham solicitor George Edalji has been convicted of a terrible crime and is desperate to prove his innocence. After his release from prison he recruits the help of none other than expert crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help solve his mysterious case and hopefully win him a pardon.

This powerful new stage adaptation, based on Julian Barnes' semi-fictional novel, brings vividly to life the events of a hundred years ago which made sensational headlines as The Great Wyrley Outrages. As gripping as any of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Arthur & George also raises many questions about guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race.

Birmingham born, and internationally acclaimed playwright, David Edgar has written many plays including Destiny, Pentecost, Playing With Fire and Testing The Echo and his stage adaptations include Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde and Nicholas Nickleby. Recent work for The REP was a new translation of Brecht's Galileo.

Stage version available via Nick Hern Books or Amazon.co.uk

03/13/2010 - Ways of Seeing - David Edgar, Guardian
[A piece by David Edgar about adapting Julian Barnes's novel Arthur & George for the stage.]

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