The Child in Time

The Child in Time

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The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. Stephen Lewis,a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099755017
  • 9780099755012
  • 23,513

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"For the most unbearable immediacy of its writing as it studies the world in enlarged close-up, for its spooky, intellectual playfulness...a wonderful novel" Observer "The Child in Time is an extraordinary achievement in which form and content, theory and practice, are so expertly and inseparably interwoven that the novel becomes an advertisement for, or proof of, its own thesis. I also found it very moving, the ending beautifully so" Guardian "This book describes the panic of losing a child... The engulfing destructive pain is brilliantly explored" -- Alison Steadman Week "It is marvellously written, moving, serious, readable, and draws on that innocence which great English writers have always been able to recapture, and which is a much harder thing to come by than experience. If you want to be appalled, refreshed, exhilarated, enlivened - read it" Sunday Times "His best work to date" Irish Times

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About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan has written two collection of short stories: First Love, Last Rites and In Between The Sheets, and twelve novels: The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child In Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Solar. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game,The Ploughman's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent.

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