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  • Published: 25 July 1997
  • ISBN: 9780099755012
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
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The Child In Time




Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch



‘Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty’ Benedict Cumberbatch

Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch

‘Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty’ Benedict Cumberbatch

On a routine trip to the supermarket with his daughter one Saturday morning, Stephen Lewis, a well-known writer of children’s books, turns his back momentarily. When he looks around again, his child is gone. In a single moment, everything is changed. The kidnapping has a devastating effect on Stephen’s life and marriage. Memories and the present become inseparable – as Stephen gets lost in daydreams of the past – and time bends back on itself, dragging Stephen’s own childhood back into the present.

  • Pub date: 25 July 1997
  • ISBN: 9780099755012
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. 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; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.

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Praise for The Child In Time

“Spooky...a wonderful novel”

Observer

“The Child in Time is an extraordinary achievement”

Guardian

“It is marvellously written, moving, serious, readable... If you want to be appalled, refreshed, exhilarated, enlivened - read it”

Sunday Times

“His masterpiece”

Christopher Hitchens

“Artistically, morally, and politically, he excels”

The Times

“His best work to date”

Irish Times

“This book describes the panic of losing a child… The engulfing destructive pain is brilliantly explored”

Alison Steadman, Week

“The Child in Time is a dense, atmospheric book as much concerned with philosophical debate as with plot.”

Daily Telegraph


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