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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of Wight. Grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. He constructs on the island 'The Project', a vast heritage centre containing everything 'English', from Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the white cliffs of Dover. The project is monstrous, risky and vastly successful. In fact, it gradually begins to rival 'Old' England and even threatens to supersede it....

One of Barnes' finest and funniest novels, England, England calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs fiction, reality vs art, nationhood, myth-making and self-exploration.

©1996 Julian Barnes (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy." (The Economist)

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  • 01-02-21

Quintessential Barnes

Everything I expect from Barnes. Witty, thought provoking, inventive, and exquisitely written. Brilliantly performed by the narrator.