I have no idea why this was sitting on my shelf unread, as I love Barnes’ writing; it is always so full of clarity and offers such beautiful lyrical intensity. The Sense of an Ending is the story of how memory can leads us astray and how an angry act in a single heated moment can result in a life lived differently, a life unfulfilled. For such a brief novel, I found it gripping, particularly the ‘big reveal’ at the end of the novel. In fact I was reluctant to pick up another book for a while as I just wanted to mull over The Sense of an Ending and savour it a while; the characters stayed with me, as did their actions, for several days afterwards. Well deserving of its status as Man Booker Prize Winner 2011. Oh and it has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen.