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The adolescent Christopher and his soulmate Toni had sneer at the stifling ennui of Metroland, their cosy patch of suburbia on the Metropolitan line. They long for life to begin - to travel and choose their own clothes. Then Chris starts to settle into bourgeois contentment. Luckily, Toni is still around to challenge such backsliding.
Julian Barnes has published eight other novels, Before She Met Me , Flaubert's Parrot, Staring at the Sun, A History of the World in 10 and Half Chapters, Talking It Over, The Porcupine, England, England and Love, etc; two books of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table; and also two collections of essays, Letters from London and Something to Declare. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Midicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Fimina (for Talking It Over). In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg. He lives in London.