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New from the bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John's not there. 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.

Fiction & Literature
September 13
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Xreslr ,

A remarkable tale from a unique point of view

In "Nutshell" Ian McEwan brings us conspiracy viewed from an unprecedentedly intimate perspective. Murder plots between lovers against a spouse are presented all the time, but by the unborn child within a conspirators womb? Remarkable. Happily, the work's clever and profound prose parallels, if not surpasses, the uniqueness of its POV, and we are drawn more deeply into the gut of a story than I certainly ever imagined.

Lukester2012 ,


This is a superior work product. It is unique and very much "literary," for lack of better word, and thus may not resonate with those who seek a more mainstream reading experience.

Naganom ,

Navel Gazing

McEwan is a self-assured master, his writing by turns erudite, funny, wise and scathing. This story is wildly improbable, its narrator a precocious little nag, but it never flags as the perfect crime stumbles into error and a richly anticipated comeuppance looms. I love the author's writing not only for its well-informed flow and even majesty, but also for the witty, perfect little turns of phrase that pop up on every page. "Nutshell" is McEwan at his best!

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