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Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the novels Nutshell; The Children Act; Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets.
"Totally gripping and entirely hilarious." --The Wall Street Journal "Playful . . . glittering, gimlet-eyed. . . . Solar is balls-out, inventive, and brilliant." --Elle "McEwan's funniest novel yet." --The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice "Excellent....Discreet and witty." -The New York Review of Books "Wonderful....Underlying the novel's mordant comedy and its mounting suspense....is a genuine concern for the climate, the planet, the future of man." -Kansas City Star "McEwan writes sentences of such witty elegance that the loss of John Updike seems a little easier to bear. . . .[He] comes to this [climate change] debate with considerabl[e] sophistication." -The Washington Post "Precise and satisfying." -People "Artistically ambitious [and] seriously entertaining. . . .In Solar [McEwan has] elegantly discovered a terrible truth: that comedy is the only possible way to deal with the searing specter stalking the planet." -The Wall Street Journal "McEwan's best novel ever. . . .Fans of McEwan's previous work will find much to like." -The Daily Beast "Vivacious and sprawling, a beautifully and compellingly written novel. . . .[His] achievement is the brilliant creation of a flawed, larger than life character who all but walks off the page to shake your hand." -The Times (London) "The funniest book Ian McEwan has ever written. . . .McEwan is a nearly peerless wordsmith. . . .[and] crazy smart." -Entertainment Weekly "[With] wonderful scenes, comic set pieces. . . .If you're human, it's hilarious." -Minneapolis Star Tribune "Deft. . . .McEwan's background research is so seamlessly displayed that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy might wonder if he's nicked their notes. But where Solar really succeeds--beyond the dark comedy--is the author's ability to reveal the nature of the climate conundrum in the very human life of his protagonist." -Time "This may be his best work yet. . . .From start to finish, Ian McEwan has delivered his fastest-paced and most fastidiously researched novel." -The Vancouver Sun "Wonderfully rendered. . . .Thoroughly engrossing and often quite funny." -The Seattle Times "McEwan has shown himself to be a master of the smart, cynical tale. With Solar, though, the bar is raised. This may be the first climate-change comedy." -Montreal Gazette "A pleasure to read. . . .McEwan mines [Beard's] rich and extravagant interior life for comic gold. McEwan proves himself comfortable not just with comedy and suspense but with science as well." -The Salt Lake Tribune "Elegant and surprising. . . .[McEwan] reaches for a lighter, more comic mode than usual. . . .The overarching plot pulls off a clinching novelistic coup." -The Guardian (London) "Provoking. . . .[With] carefully plotted twists. . . .It is a sign of McEwan's comic skill that he makes us sympathize with [the protagonist]. . . .Longtime readers of McEwan know how skilled he is at producing disasters from the ordinary, the way a magician pulls a bunny from a hat." -Slate "Charlie Chaplinesque. . . .The comedy keeps coming....[Solar] tells the story of our polluted planet more vividly than any amount of well-explained physics." -Bloomberg News