Cement Garden
Ian McEwan

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Narrated By: Julian Rhind-Tutt

Duration: 4 hours and 27 minutes

What to expect

In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves...


Modern & contemporary fiction, Family life fiction, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Coming of age

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A macabre but unforgettable tale


A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery - and irresistibly readable...The effect achieved by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism - a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels

New York Review of Books

Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable

Sunday Times

Darkly impressive

The Times

An extremely assured, technically adept and compelling piece of work