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Nutshell - Ian McEwan

Nutshell - Ian McEwan

Title: Nutshell

Author:  Ian McEwan

ISBN:  9781911214335

Weight:  637g

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Nutshell by Ian McEwan

To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John.  She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John.  Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan.  But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.

Peer & Press Reviews

A creative gamble that pays off brilliantly…  Witty and gently tragic, this short, bewitching novel is an ode to humanity’s beauty, selfishness and inextinguishable longing.

Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday

At once playful and deadly serious, delightful and frustrating it is one of McEwan’s hardest to categorise works, and all the more interesting for it.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Times

Nutshell is an orb, a Venetian glass paperweight, of a book; a place where, be warned, it puts you in the quoting mood… it is a consciously late, deliberately elegiac, masterpiece, a calling together of everything McEwan has learned and knows about his art.

Kate Clanchy, Guardian

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Title: Nutshell
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the half title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781911214335
ISBN 10: 1911214330
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 199
Size (h x w x d): 225 x 145 x 24mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Urszula Soltys
Jacket design: Suzanne Dean incorporating detail from Five Views of a Foetus in the Womb, facsimile copy of a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.  Courtesy Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images.

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