Ian McEwan's latest novel, first published in 1997. A fatal ballooning accident in the Chilterns disrupts the organised life of Joe Rose, leading to an encounter which tests his rationalism to the limits. The author was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1981 and 1992 and is a previous winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year award.
This story begins on a windy summer's day in the Chilterns when the calm, organized life of Joe Rose is shattered by a ballooning accident. What happens is shocking and tragic, but strangely inconsequential. The consequences come after, for that fatal accident brings Joe together, briefly, 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 take desperate measures merely to stay alive. Totally compelling, utterly and terrifyingly convincing, ENDURING LOVE is the story of how an ordinary man can be driven to the brink of murder and madness by another's delusions.
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Short-listed for WH Smith Literary Prize 1998 Short-listed for Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 1997
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