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One of Alastair Campbell's favourite books.

Selected for the Man Booker Prize 2005 Longlist. The novel is set within a single day in Feb 2003 as war in Iraq looms. A successful doctor unwittingly offends a small time thug who that evening appears at his house bent on revenge. We think it's superb and the publishers says it's set to be huge – so read the first chapter and decide yourself

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Synopsis

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind, a newspaper lawyer, and proud father of two grown-up children, one a promising poet, the other a talented blues musician. 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, its openness and diversity, 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 - music, food, love, the exhilarations of sport and the satisfactions of exacting work - his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne's earlier fears seem about to be realised. Ian McEwan's last novel, Atonement, was hailed as a masterpiece all over the world. Saturday shares its confident, graceful prose and its remarkable perceptiveness, but is perhaps even more dramatically compelling, showing how life can change in an instant, for better or for worse. It is the work of a writer at the very height of his powers.


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Dazzling... Profound and urgent * Observer * The supreme novelist of his generation * Sunday Times * He remains at the top of his game - assured, accomplished and ambitious * Daily Telegraph * A book of great maturity, beautifully alive to the fragility of happiness and all forms of violence... Everyone should read Saturday * Financial Times * An exemplary novel... It is undoubtedly McEwan's best * Mail on Sunday * A rich book, sensuous and thoughtful... McEwan has found in Saturday the right form to showcase his dazzling talents * The Times * 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 * A book of great moral maturity, beautifully alive to the fragility of happiness and all forms of violence... Everyone should read Saturday... Artistically, morally and politically, he excels * The Times * It's the good writing and the truthful and convincing way of rendering consciousness that makes Saturday so engrossing * Colm Toibin * 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 *


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

5th January 2006

Author

Ian McEwan

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback (b Format)
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099469681

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