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The bestselling novel by one of Britain's finest writers now in paperback.

Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world – the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city and his happy family life are under threat.
Later, Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne's professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him.
Towards the end of a day rich in incident and filled with Perowne's celebrations of life's pleasures, his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne's earlier fears seem about to be realised.

Reviews

Written with superb exactness, complex, suspenseful and humane, this novel.reinforces his status as the supreme novelist of his generation

Sunday Times

Dazzling. Profound and urgent

Observer

It's the good writing and the truthful and convincing way of rendering consciousness that makes Saturday so engrossing

Colm Toibin

Richly laden. McEwan pulls out all the stops. A rich book, sensuous and thoughtful. McEwan has found in Saturday the right form to showcase his dazzling talents

Sunday Telegraph

Everyone should read Saturday. Artistically, morally and politically, he excels

The Times

Saturday is wonderfully involving and affecting on every page. Everybody with any interest in contemporary literature will want to read it at once

Evening Standard

A brilliant novel.It is McEwan writing on absolute top form

Daily Mail

Refreshing and engrossing, dense with revelation. Superb

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099469681

    January 2, 2006

    Vintage

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409090083

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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