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The Number One bestseller from the author of Atonement and Enduring Love: Sweet Tooth is a story of love and espionage in 1970s Britain

From the bestselling author of Atonement and Enduring Love comes ‘A web of spying, subterfuge, deceit and betrayal... Acute, witty...winningly cunning’ Sunday Times

The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. Britain is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism. Serena Frome, in her final year at Cambridge, is being groomed for MI5.

Serena is sent on a secret mission – Operation Sweet Tooth – which brings her into the world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.

Reviews

Enthralling, beguiling and totally addictive from the first page to the last… McEwan’s sense of time and place is authentic with his trademark attention to details of the social history of the period

Bristol Magazine

A brilliant portrayal of 1970s Britain at its absolute worst… But it's also a gripping spy novel with some characteristic McEwan twists toward the end

Mail on Sunday

The sense of narrative purpose exerts its pull from the first

John Mullan, Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099578789

    May 1, 2013

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781448139736

    August 23, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781846573705

    August 23, 2012

    Audiobooks

    RRP $37.99

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