Nutshell
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Nutshell

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

Title:Nutshell
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0385542070
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:197 pages

    Nutshell Reviews

  • Warwick
    Sep 12, 2016

    The start of this book feels like McEwan in elder statesman mode, sitting down at his laptop, rolling up his sleeves and saying, ‘Right, out the way, fuckwads, let me show you how it's done.’ It's...

  • Elyse
    Sep 20, 2016

    WOW......Isn't that what everyone says to themselves when they read this? It's so original, that I'm almost surprised it has not been written until now. There is beautiful prose --- and then there is ...

  • Diane S ?
    Aug 09, 2016

    A book that is narrated by an eight month old fetus. He describes what he see and hears, from his father and his love of poetry to the nefarious plans of his mother and his uncle, his father's own bro...

  • Fionnuala
    Nov 06, 2016

    The narrator is a middle-aged brain trapped inside an unborn baby, itself trapped inside a novel, the events of which the narrator can’t see happening since he's in the dark, much like the reader, b...

  • Roger Brunyate
    Aug 19, 2016

    Hamlet in Utero Oh God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams. I could check online, I suppose, but I suspect there is a story h...

  • Dem
    Sep 25, 2016

    A unique read but a tad too gimmicky for me. Nut Shell by Ian McEwan is a story told from the perspective of a foetus. It's a tale of murder and deceit and is clever is its concept and prose.Trudy has...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Nov 29, 2016

    3.5Not a fan of this one. I like weird and wonderful if it is somehow believable. It needs to be plausible if we accept certain premises, like when we read a story narrated by someone who’s died. On...

  • Helle
    Sep 11, 2016

    It’s become a bookseller’s cliché to say that it’s an event when Ian McEwan has a new book out. Of course, it’s nonetheless true, and this, his latest novel, was promptly added to my to-read ...

  • Darwin8u
    Oct 18, 2016

    Alas poor phœtus! I knew him, McEwan: a fellowof infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hathborne me in his sac a thousand times; and now, howabhorred in my imagination it is!Seriously, Hamlet + ...

  • Bam
    Oct 04, 2016

    #2016-aty-reading-challenge-week-49: a book with a great opening line. "So here I am, upside down in a woman. Arms patiently crossed, waiting, waiting, waiting, and wondering who I'm in, what I'm in f...

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last