British author Julian Barnes was fourth time lucky as he took home the Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of an Ending. He was previously nominated for his books Flaubert's Parrot, England, England and Arthur & George. CS gives you some trivia about Julian:
>> Barnes is hailed as one of Britain's most critically acclaimed novelists. Since he kept missing out on the award, he couldn't help wondering, in moments of wild paranoia, if forces were working against him ever winning.
>> He has previously written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. He is a keen Francophile, and has written a lot of books about England's relationship with France. He is one of the best loved English writers in France where he has won awards like Prix Medicis, Prix Femina and is an officer of the L'Ordre des Arts des Lettres.
>> Barnes published his first novel Metroland in 1980 that spoke of idealism and sexual fidelity. His mother panned his book saying that it was a 'bombardment of filth'. His breakthrough work was Flaubert's Parrot in 1984, which established him as one of the leading writers of his time.
>> He was married to literary agent, Pat Kavanagh, who died in 2008. Barnes is a patron of the human rights organisation Freedom From Torture.