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The Man in the Red Coat - Julian Barnes

The Man in the Red Coat - Julian Barnes

Title: The Man in the Red Coat

Author:  Julian Barnes

ISBN:  9781787332164

Weight:  990 g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi

In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping.  One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner with an Italian name, who four years earlier had been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s greatest portraits.  The commoner was Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker – a rational and scientific man with a famously complicated private life.

Pozzi’s life played out against the backdrop of the Parisian Belle Epoque.  The beautiful age of glamour and pleasure more often showed its ugly side: hysterical, narcissistic, decadent and violent, a time of rampant prejudice and blood-and-soil nativism, with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine.

The Man in the Red Coat is at once a fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque – its heroes and villains, its writers, artists and thinkers – and a life of a man ahead of his time.  Witty, surprising and deeply researched, the new book from Julian Barnes illuminates the fruitful and longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and makes a compelling case for keeping that exchange alive.

Peer & Press Reviews

Julian Barnes’s wonderful The Man in the Red Coat surges round Belle Epoque Paris… a story full of digressions, white peacocks, missing limbs, amusing adverbs and fantastic clothes.  An absolute tonic for grey winter days.

Claire Harman, Evening Standard

What a deliciously intelligent entertainment this is, couched in a prose of enviable suppleness… a master is at work here.

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

This elegant, seductive history is a book best read in the spirit of its times.  The Man In The Red Coat is less a lesson than a day-dream of France’s golden heyday.  Wrap yourself in a Japanese tea gown, languish on a peacock-print sofa and abandon yourself to fin-de-siècle Paris and the ministrations of Doctor Love.

Laura Freeman, Mail on Sunday

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Man in the Red Coat
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

This is a beautiful book, printed on a heavy-weight paper and section bound for ease of opening and durability.  It has a red ribbon marker and decorative head and tail bands.

This edition is illustrated throughout with black & white photographs and full colour images.  It’s everything a quality reference book or gift edition should be.

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Costa Book Awards 2020 – shortlist (biography)

Duff Cooper Prize 2019 – shortlist

Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed by C&C Offset Printing Co., China
ISBN 13 9781787332164
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 263
Size (h x w x d) 217 x 174 x 33mm
Packed weight 1.203kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Urszula Soltys
Design Suzanne Dean
Jacket painting Dr Pozzi at Home, 1881 by John Singer Sargent, Armand Hammer Foundation, USA (photo: Bridgeman Images)

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