Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction
'A stunningly accomplished work, possibly his best yet...both funny and serious, light and dark, morally engaged and ironically detached' Financial Times
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. 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 time.
'Solar is, by some distance, the funniest book McEwan has ever written. It continues a fine tradition of English drollery, pioneered by Kingsley Amis, in which the high ideals of the mind are constantly sabotaged by the low instincts of the body: the academic with his trousers down' Anthony Quinn, Mail on Sunday
'McEwan attempts the difficult trick of blending raucous comedy with science and politics. I think he pulls it off magnificently' Nick Cohen, Observershow more