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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

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  • CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • 138 x 140 x 25mm | 246g
  • Cornerstone
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1846572800
  • 9781846572807
  • 243,237

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"McEwan's pure, direct prose always lends itself well to audio... Roger Allam's studiously straight-faced reading sets the perfect tone for this subtle satire." The Times "Ian McEwan's sardonic satire Solar, read by Roger Allen, lends itself especially well to listening, since we spend our time in the head of its loathsome antihero Michael Beard, privy to all his ignoble thoughts and criminal actions as he approaches a Hogarthian nemesis." The Times "Ian McEwan's pure, direct prose always lends itself well to audio, and he was in splendid comic vein in Solar" -- The Timesshow more

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. 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; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in more

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"Ian McEwan's pure, direct prose always lends itself well to audio, and he was in splendid comic vein in Solar"show more

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19,486 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 10% (1,936)
4 30% (5,833)
3 38% (7,492)
2 16% (3,185)
1 5% (1,040)
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