As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world's most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife their fates become inextricably connected.
In "Arthur & George," Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet.
“Extraordinary.... First rate.... A cracking good yarn.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“An absorbing fictional re-creation of a real-life detective story. . . . A finely evocative historical novel as well as a morally and psychologically astute glimpse into the worlds of two men.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Masterly throughout. . . . The author keeps the reader on edge.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“Deeply satisfying. . . . From the first chapter, Barnes has us in his thrall.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“A page-turner.... Arthur & George is by far Mr. Barnes's most pressurized novel to date.” –The Wall Street Journal
“Utterly absorbing, beautifully crafted.... Rich and immensely readable.... A stream of flawless, driving sentences.... A great novel.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
“A marvelous book.” –Entertainment Weekly, “A”
“His most engrossing novel ever.” –Jay McInerney, The New York Observer