The Man in the Red Coat
The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes (Cape, 2019)

Julian Barnes continues to surprise his readers with his new book, neither novel nor completely non-fiction. Set during the Belle Epoque in Paris and London, Barnes tells the story of three men, a Count, a Prince and a commoner, the surgeon Samuel Pozzi, made famous by Singer Sargent’s powerful portrait. Elegantly written, Barnes always shines a light onto the unexpected and makes us see things in his own inimitable way – exactly as Singer Sargent painted his subjects.

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