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'I judge it his best yet, which I should make clear is saying a great deal' - Observer

In 1946, a young couple set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they plan an idyllic holiday, only to encounter an experience of darkness so terrifying it alters their lives for ever.

Reviews

Brilliant - a meditation on the intoxications of violence and the redemptive power of love

New Yorker

Compassionate without resorting to sentimentality, clever without ever losing its honesty, an undisguised novel of ideas which is also Ian McEwan's most human work

Times Literary Supplement

Superbly evocative prose. The novel's vision of Europe is acute and alive, vivid in its moral complexities

New York Times Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099277088

    November 6, 1998

    Vintage

    176 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409089957

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    224 pages

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Also by Ian McEwan

Nutshell
On Chesil Beach (Vintage Summer)
The Children Act
Sweet Tooth
First Love, Last Rites
Solar
For You
On Chesil Beach
Saturday
Rose Blanche
Atonement
Amsterdam
The Innocent
Enduring Love
The Child In Time
The Cement Garden
In Between the Sheets
The Comfort Of Strangers
The Daydreamer

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
Colombiano
The Trip of a Lifetime