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‘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.
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The Child in Time is an extraordinary achievement
It is marvellously written, moving, serious, readable... If you want to be appalled, refreshed, exhilarated, enlivened - read it
Artistically, morally, and politically, he excels
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