Ian McEwan
Reading Order: Book 35
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 199
Suggested By: Author Event
Date Started: June 24, 2020
Date Finished: June 25, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: In 2006 Peter Boxall release the first edition of “1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die” and on the back of that my wife and I joined a group on that would try and find copies of them all and share them (I have around 300+ of these books scattered around my house right now). One of the more prolific authors with eight* of his novels listed was Ian McEwan. So I joined a few bookings (you share the novel and then post it to the next person on the ring[list]) of his novels that had been organised by the group. To date I’ve read four of the eight books listed and have copies of the others. I was really impressed by McEwan so much so that I now call myself a fan of his writing. Since that date McEwan has had more works published and on Wednesday 31st August 2016 my wife Katie and I went to “Nutshell: An Evening with Ian McEwan” at the Lowry Theatre in Salford where we hear him read from his latest novel and then answer a Q&A session, we picked up a signed copy of this novel at the event and it’s been on my bookshelf since. I’m so glad I started putting Reading Lists together as this may have remained on my bookshelf gathering dust for some time. *The eight books mentioned above are (+ means I’ve read it): Atonement + Enduring Love The Cement Garden Saturday + Amsterdam + Black Dogs The Child in Time + The Comfort of Strangers
My Thoughts

I loved this novel, it’s a retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so well thought out, brought up to date and to have the narrator / protagonist of the story be a yet to be born child was an ingenious idea.

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