A masterful Ian McEwan explores the incredible fragility of existence, as he charts one hugely eventful day in the life of a middle-aged neurosurgeon.

Henry Perowne, a successful neurosurgeon, watches a plane - ablaze with fire like a meteor - arcing across the London dawn. His unease grows throughout the day as he moves amongst hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors in the post-9/11 streets. A minor car accident leads to a meeting with Baxter, who to Perowne’s professional eye appears to be profoundly unwell. And when Baxter makes a sudden appearance at the Perowne family home all Henry’s earlier fears seem about to be realised…

The Man Booker Prize 2005
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Jonathan Cape
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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan, born in Aldershot, England, is a critically acclaimed author and winner of the 1998 Booker Prize
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Other nominated books by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach
Prize winner
Black Dogs
The Comfort of Strangers