Re-jacketed in stunning new series style, this is the first book from Booker prize-winning, Sunday Times bestselling Ian McEwan.
Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.
“Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer”
Julian Barnes, New Statesman
“Now 40 years since first publication, McEwan's first published work is still his most hauntingly dark and atmospheric.”
“As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across”
“Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner”
Gabriele Annan, Times Literary Supplement
“A writer of uncanny power”