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About the Author
IAN MCEWAN is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen novels and two short story collections. 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; Nutshell; and Machines Like Me, which was a number-one bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.
"Smart, funny and utterly captivating." --The New York Times

"More brilliant than it has any right to be. . . . Suspenseful, dazzlingly clever and gravely profound." --The Washington Post

"Fantastically entertaining and frequently hilarious." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Nutshell is a joy: unexpected, self-aware, and pleasantly dense with plays on Shakespeare." --NPR

"Compact, captivating . . . The writing is lean and muscular, often relentlessly gorgeous." --The New York Times Book Review

"Gorgeous. . . . Offer[s] the reader a voice both distinctive and engaging. . . . Rife with wordplay, social commentary, hilarity, and suspense. . . . Hats off to Ian McEwan." --The Boston Globe

"A comic tale. . . . It is a masterpiece." --The Times (London)

"McEwan is a literary pointillist--in control of each keystroke, creating small, precise masterpieces that delight with their linguistic prowess. . . . [A] daring thriller." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Brilliant. . . . This novel is a thing of joy." --The Economist

"Brims with literary allusions, social commentary and murderous intrigue . . . Gorgeous. . . studded with Joycean reflections on fathers, the wisdom of pop songs and reviews of placenta-filtered fine wine." --Associated Press

"Nutshell is an orb, a Venetian glass paperweight of a book. . . . It is a consciously late, deliberately elegiac masterpiece, a calling together of everything McEwan has learned and knows about his art." --The Guardian (London)

"An enthralling read." --Marie Claire

"Nutshell belongs to that dark tributary of McEwan novels which includes The Cement Garden, The Innocent and Booker-winner Amsterdam--black comedies aswirl with macabre thoughts and foul deeds. It sees McEwan at his most playful. . . . [Readers should] applaud it for its beauty, precision and inventiveness." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A book pulsing with hilarious and brainy brio. . . . He simultaneously spoofs crime fiction and finds a novel mouthpiece for a mordantly entertaining and exhilaratingly intelligent commentary on the modern world." --The Sunday Times (London)

"[A] tour de force. . . . A slim, clever thriller with the grand good fortune of being written by the inimitable McEwan." --Buffalo News

"Not only does he pull it off, he does so triumphantly, in the cleverest book I've read this year. It's smart, dark and at times very funny." --The Daily Mail

"A highly original, imaginative thriller that is as entertaining as it is suspenseful." --Buzzfeed

"Nutshell may be a short book, but it is not hard to crack. And what lies within--the suspense of a murder plot, the matching game that's played when a classic story is retold, and the unique perspective of an unborn narrator--is quite pleasurable to both pick through and savor." --AV Club

"This dark, clever tale is among the best of McEwan's newer novels." --The Sunday Telegraph (London)

"Fiercely intelligent. . . . At once playful and deadly serious. . . . One of McEwan's hardest to categorize works, and all the more interesting for it." --The Times (London)

"Hilarious and compelling." --The Spectator

"A creative gamble that pays off brilliantly. . . . Witty and gently tragic, this short yet utterly bewitching novel is an ode to humanity's beauty, selfishness and inextinguishable longing." --Mail on Sunday