by Ian McEwan

In Brief

A day in the life of Henry Perowne, neurosurgeon and squash player, a man as contented as he is wealthy. But 15 February 2003 is to be no ordinary day – for London, bursting with anti-war protesters, or for Perowne, whose chance encounter with a troubled thug comes back to hurt him where he is most vulnerable.

Why you should read it

An intricately detailed portrait of a successful man’s life, Saturday is also a thought-provoking commentary on contemporary times. This unique response to 9/11 cuts its own intellectual path through the War on Terror debate, keeping the reader intrigued and uneasy in equal measure.

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