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Solar by Ian McEwan
  

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A compulsive womaniser, Michael Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.

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Solar by Ian McEwan

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her. When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, Solar is a serious and darkly satirical novel, showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time. A story of one man's greed and self-deception, it is a profound and stylish new work from one of the world's great writers.


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Savagely funny... Enormously entertaining * Sunday Times * A satirical masterpiece...it will come to be regarded as a classic * Daily Telegraph * A stunningly accomplished work, possibly his best yet * Financial Times * McEwan has succeeded in producing a novel that is both profoundly serious and hilariously funny * Mail on Sunday * Vivacious and sprawling, a beautifully and compellingly written novel * The Times *


About the Author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement and Saturday.

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Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Ian McEwan

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099549024

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