Monday, November 09, 2009

McEwan's New Novel -- Solar

Random House is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by Ian McEwan, Solar.

Solar is an engrossing and satirical novel which focuses on climate change and will be published on 18 March 2010. This story – of one man's ambitions and self-deceptions – is a stylish new work by one of the word's greatest living writers.

Michael Beard is in his late fifties; bald, overweight, unprepossessing – a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. An inveterate philanderer, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. When Beard's professional and personal worlds are entwined in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself, a chance for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster.

Dan Franklin, Publisher, comments: 'Solar is a novel about one of the most serious threats to our world – global warming – but is also very, very funny. It shows a fresh side to Ian McEwan’s work, that he’s a comic writer of genius.'



Blogger Daveabc123 said...

I loved the book and became quite fond of Michael Beard. I thought the ending a bit abrupt, as though it could have done with a few more pages to finish it off. I wondered whether he would get away with it either by having a final page deadly heart attack (so that they couldn't blacken hs name in death) or some other deft way out like he performed earlier in the book. It wasn't clear what was going to happen to him, we must assume that the events surrounding him felled him but it wasn't clear.

August 11, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

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