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Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she 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. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, Solar is a serious and darkly satirical novel, showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time. A story of one man's greed and self-deception, it is a profound and stylish new work from one of the world's great more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099555344
  • 9780099555346
  • 36,751

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"A novel that promises comedy as well as crisis" Guardian "McEwan has already aired extracts ... and the warmth, humour and zest of the book were unmistakable" Sunday Times "McEwan avoids the problem of how to dramatise and emotive area of science by uncharacteristically and highly effectively deploying a sly streak of comedy." Metro "Climate-change comedy that's every bit as brilliant as its title suggests" The Sunday Times "Solar has an engagingly direct, bleakly comic view of science and scientists. It also convinces." Times Literary Supplementshow more

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. 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 and The Children more

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"A novel that promises comedy as well as crisis" Guardianshow more