About this book
Vintage paperback edition of McEwan's finely crafted Booker-winner; a witty and profound morality tale, full of surprises. " a well plotted story of plots which displays its own elegant structure as one of the pleasures offered to the reader... It is full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the gut... shocking" A.S. Byatt. Despite this title's already high profile, Random House will be mounting a major publicity campaign.
Two old friends, Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence. In the days that follow Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen.