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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.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:197 pages

    Nutshell Reviews

  • Warwick
    Sep 06, 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 ...

  • Debbie
    Jan 11, 2017

    OMG OMG OMG! This book really did knock my socks off. In fact, it goes on my all-time favorites list. Who could resist this bizarro opening line?So here I am, upside down in a woman. Arms patiently cr...

  • Diane S ?
    Jul 30, 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...

  • Adina
    Sep 13, 2016

    Update 2: I found another interview with the author in a podcast. I had no idea McEwan is so funny. People at work were probably wondering why I was giggling while listening to this. Recommended!(it s...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 28, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.A nine-month-old baby boy resides in the womb of Trudy. Unaware that her baby is listening and is witness to al...

  • Fionnuala
    Sep 24, 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
    Jul 09, 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 24, 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...

  • Trin
    Sep 09, 2016

    A modern retelling of Hamlet, narrated by the infant prince from inside his mother's womb. It is every bit as insufferable as that sounds.Ian McEwan is one of those writers who, having been crowned an...