Nominated by:

Bibliotheken der Stadt Mainz, Germany

Biblioteca Vila De Gràcia - Biblioteques de Barcelona, Spain

Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Jonathan Cape, UK

Nutshell

Ian McEwan    

2018 Longlist

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.

About the author

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children’s novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. 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 and The Children Act.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

A new version of the story of Hamlet told by an unborn child. Truday and Claude, pregnant wife and brother of the child’s father, plot the murder of John Cairncross. The kingdom at stake is a dilapidated Georgian house in London worth a few million pounds. A tight plot and an elegiac style make for captivating reading.

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