Discover the modern classic that has sold over two million copies.
‘A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended’
On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.
Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
'The best thing he has ever written' Observer
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
A magnificent novel
A superb achievement
The best thing he has ever written
He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel
McEwan's best novel so far, his masterpiece
The author to follow Machines Like Me with a ‘political satire in the old tradition’ this month.
From alternative realities to machine learning, Ian McEwan discusses the questions raised in Machines Like Me and how the dytopian novel is really about the present.