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Britain is a ‘bifurcated place nowadays’, says Julian Barnes

Author and patron for torture-survivor charity criticises politicians for encouraging ‘mean spiritedness’

Julian Barnes has said Britain is a “bifurcated place nowadays” and accused politicians of encouraging “mean spiritedness”.

Barnes, who won the Booker prize in 2011 with The Sense of an Ending, has been a patron of Freedom from Torture – a charity which provides therapeutic care to survivors of torture who seek protection in the UK – for 25 years.

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