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WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION 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: 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, this is a story of one man's greed and self-deception; a darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 124 x 204 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099549026
  • 9780099549024
  • 17,168

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, more

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"Savagely funny... Enormously entertaining" Sunday Times "A satirical will come to be regarded as a classic" Daily Telegraph "A stunningly accomplished work, possibly his best yet" Financial Times "McEwan has succeeded in producing a novel that is both profoundly serious and hilariously funny" Mail on Sunday "Vivacious and sprawling, a beautifully and compellingly written novel" The Timesshow more