Back in November 2000 he named his top 10 relationship novels for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Rabbit, Run by John UpdikeRead about all ten books on the list.
No marriage can have faced a sterner examination than that of the Angstroms. Rabbit, Run seems like a stunning dissection of everything that can possibly go wrong in a marriage, until you read the rest of the tetralogy and discover that things can get worse, decade by decade. No one else so brilliantly reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Rabbit, Run figures among Julian Barnes' best books to travel with.