Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: his wife is having the affair, and he is still in love with her. When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.
Savagely funny... Enormously entertaining
A satirical masterpiece...it will come to be regarded as a classic
A stunningly accomplished work, possibly his best yet
McEwan has succeeded in producing a novel that is both profoundly serious and hilariously funny
Vivacious and sprawling, a beautifully and compellingly written novel
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