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Chapter 3: Nutshell

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. Ian McEwan‘s shocking tale of treachery is likely to remind you of a modernized Shakespearean play and will leave you fascinated by how this master storyteller only reveals the narrative from the point of view of an unborn child.

Ian McEwan

208 pages

Published in 2016

Recommended by Anastasia Loverdou

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