"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page". (Bill Bryson, "Sunday Times"). One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting ...Read More"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page". (Bill Bryson, "Sunday Times"). One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness. "Hypnotically readable". ("Sunday Telegraph").Read Less
Very Good+ No Jacket as Issued. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Ian McEwan on the title page with no inscription; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectible condition.
Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Signed by Author Advance reading copy, near fine in pictorial wraps. Page edges are a little tanned. Letter from publisher, return card laid in. Signed by the author on the title page.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [viii], 262,  pages. 0385491123. A handsome First US Edition/First Printing in unread Fine condition in Fine dust-jacket; An afternoon picnic and the organized life of science writer Joe Rose are both shattered by a tragic accident. A man falls to his death as a hot-air balloon carrying a child is carried away by the wind. As a result, stranger Jed Parry becomes obsessed with Joe, threatening his marriage and his very life. A suspenseful novel about love and faith, and about how life can change in an instant.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0385491123. Used hardcover in dust jacket, SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE, STATED 1st EDITION / 1st PRINTING WITH NUMBERLINE TO THE 1. light scuffing to dj covers, light bumping along dj edges, no major tears or chips, dj not price clipped, now protected in mylar cover. light shelfwear; corners/edges are lightly bumped and rubbed. binding and pages remain straight and solid. no marks to interior text. boards are lightly scuffed but clean. page edges are lightly dusty up top.; 9.50 X 7.50 X 1 inches; 272 pages; Signed by Author.
Near Fine. in Fine jacket. Signed by Author A NEAR FINE copy of the FIRST CANADIAN EDITION. FIRST PRINTING. In FINE, unclipped jacket. SIGNED by IAN McEWAN on the Title Page. PROVENANCE of Author Reading/ Signing Event laid in.
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