Nothing To Be Frightened Of

Julian Barnes's book combines family memoir with reflections on art, religion and death.

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He tells the story of his variously atheistic and agnostic family and how, in his own peculiarly adolescent way, he lost his faith in the deity.

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He recalls his suburban childhood and contemplates wildlife programmes on TV and whether penguins really are lovable.

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He muses on the relationship between religion and fiction and the kinds of lies they both tell.

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He recalls his parents and the letters and postcards that they left behind.

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He looks at the memories and fragments that are left behind when we die.

What are the stories and mysteries that lie hidden in his grandparents' photo album?