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Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, read by David Threlfall

Enduring Love has had rave reviews, but I found it taxed my patience. I almost abandoned it.

It begins with a compelling drama: Joe, having a picnic with his lady-love Clarissa, dashes over to help when a runaway balloon threatens the life of a boy trapped inside the basket.  474 more words


Ian McEwan, Solar

I have been faint hearted in my praise of Ian McEwan in the past. Mainly because I find it difficult to feel involved in his books – with his detached tone and slow build up. 51 more words


Black Dogs, by Ian McEwan

This is a book about two obstinate old people with a failed marriage – and how dangerous challenges can shape our lives.

I had previously read Ian McEwan’s more recent book, … 264 more words


Solar (2010) - Ian McEWAN

Ian McEwan’s new look has been talked about for quite a long time. Right after On Chesil Beach, he talked about how his new book would deal with climate change, and everyone was quite excited. 717 more words


A Time For Gifts - Giveaway #1 - Solar - Ian McEwan

I have a few giveaways coming up over the next week – so stay tuned.  This is giveaway 1 of 3.


To mark the official UK publication date, Random House have kindly offered a signed first edition of Ian McEwan’s new novel, … 229 more words


Solar, by Ian McEwan

So here is a 62-year-old male reader, for the second time in two weeks, trying to review a novel by an author of major, major reputation whom the reviewer has respected for decades who is also in his early 60s (Martin Amis’ … 1,854 more words


Review: "The Cement Garden" by Ian McEwan [1978]

The Cement Garden is about four children from a slightly unusual family who are suddenly orphaned during one hot summer. We follow the eldest boy, Jack, who is at the awkward and confusing teenage stage and torn between wanting to be the boss of the house and being mothered. 321 more words

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