View the book | The ambitious drifter epic has a few surprises

The protagonist of Ian McEwan’s new novel is Roland Baines, a “rootless” man who, “wandering through a multitude of jobs”, is an occasional tennis coach, pianist, poet and full-time father. Roland, like McEwan, was born in the late 1940s and belongs to the generation that “lay in the lap of history, nestled in a small …

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