Foreword; Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Contributors; Chronology of Julian Barnes's Life; Introduction: Julian Barnes and the Wisdom of Uncertainity Sebastian Groes and Peter Childs; 1. The Flaneur and the Freeholder: Paris and London in Metroland Matthew Taunton; 2. Inventing a Way to the Truth: Life and Fiction in Flaubert's Parrot Ryan Roberts; 3. 'A preference for things Gallic': Julian Barnes and the French Connection Vanessa Guignery; 4. 'An Ordinary Piece of Magic': Religion in the Work of Julian Barnes Andrew Tate; 5. Crossing the Channel: Europe and the Three Uses of France in Julian Barnes's Talking it Over Merritt Moseley; 6. 'Stranger Than Fiction': an epistolary essay on The Porcupine Dimitrina Kondeva; 7. England, England and Englishness Richard Bradford; 8. Matters of Life and Death: The Short Stories of Julian Barnes Peter Childs; 9. 'All Letters Quoted are Authentic': The Past after Postmodern Fabulation in Julian Barnes's Arthur & George Christine Berberich; Afterword Andrew Lycett; References; Further Reading; Index.