An Evening with Booker Prize Winner Julian Barnes in Ely

Thursday 4th February 2016

  • Venue St Mary's Church, St Mary's Street, Ely, CB7 4HF
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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The Noise of Time was shrouded in secrecy when we first announced this event – now it is published we know it is set to be the literary sensation of 2016. Here are some reviewers’ comments:

  • ‘Gleaming with intelligence and literary flair…elegantly composed’ (Peter Kemp, the Guardian)
  • “Undoubtedly one of Barnes’s best novels, and a great way to start the literary year.” (Sunday Times)
  • “A new, short, highly concentrated novel…meditating in brief paragraphs on the art and compromise with power over 50 years in the life of the composer Shostakovich.” (David Sexton Evening Standard)
  • ‘He has given us a novel that is powerfully affecting, a condensed masterpiece that traces the lifelong battle of one man’s conscience.’ (Alex Preston, The Guardian):

Drawing on the life of Shostakovich, Barnes has crafted a story of universal significance, a story about  compromise, cowardice and courage and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society. To hear him discuss The Noise of Time will be a privilege and a delight not to be missed!