Booker Prize–winning British author Julian Barnes returns to Sydney Writers’ Festival to introduce his latest novel, Elizabeth Finch. Charting the story of a remarkable teacher through the recollections of a former student, the book has been hailed as a loving tribute to philosophy, a careful evaluation of history and an invitation to think for ourselves. Julian appears live via video, in conversation with host of ABC Radio National’s The Book Show Claire Nichols, to discuss how questions of love, friendship and biography are woven through the story and his broader body of work, including Flaubert’s Parrot and The Sense of an Ending.

Julian Barnes appears thanks to the support of Rowena Danziger AM, in memory of Ken Coles AM and his support of SWF over 25 years.

This event is open captioned.

Julian Barnes (International)

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Sunday Times bestsellers The Noise of Time and The Only Story. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and three books of non-fiction, including the Sunday Times number-one bestseller Levels of Life and The Man in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur. Julian’s most recent novel is Elizabeth Finch.

Claire Nichols (Australian)

Claire Nichols

Claire Nichols is the host of The Book Show on ABC RN, a weekly radio program and podcast that features in-depth author interviews with the best authors from Australia and around the world. She has spent over a decade at the ABC, with roles in news, current affairs, local radio and at RN. She is also the proud recipient of consecutive WA Media Awards for arts reporting. When she's not reading, Claire is likely to be found at a dance class, or in a theatre somewhere.