Letters from London

By Julian Barnes

With significant wit, idiosyncratic intelligence, and a daring seize of complex political realities, the prestigious writer of Flaubert's Parrot turns his satiric look homeward to England, in a glowing choice of essays that illustrates the limitless number of modern London existence.

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