Elspeth Barker

A Grief Observed

Levels of Life

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Jonathan Cape 118pp £10.99 order from our bookshop

This intricately wrought triptych offers first a selective account of the astonishing antics of the ‘balloon-going classes’ in 19th-century France, then an interlude of terrestrial love, rejection and aspiration, and finally an exploration of Julian Barnes’s passionate grief for his wife, who died five years ago.

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