Julian Barnes is the author of ten novels, including Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, two books of short stories, two collections of essays and a translation. His books have earned significant honors in England, France and the United States, and he has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize on three occasions. He lives in London. 
Sep 01 2007
A Conversation with Julian Barnes
[On the genesis of his novel Arthur & George] You think someone’s guilty, you believe they’re guilty, but how can you know they’re guilty, how can you prove they’re guilty? This tied in, I realized, with Conan Doyle’s black hole of emotions, this secret area of his life, which had never been written about before, probably because there was no documentary evidence — these ten years when he was involved with another woman while his wife was suffering from tuberculosis.