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This is one of Ian McEwan's early novels, 1978, but it is very accessible, in fact I found it easier to read than Atonement.
Saying that, the subject matter of this novel may put off some readers. It didn't put me off.

The idea behind the novel is very novel in itself, and McEwan has just followed through one possible scenario, with shocking results in places.
I don't think this could be made into a film, it's far too short, (but maybe an after the watershed TV drama.)
I couldn't put it down, literally, as I read it in less than 24 hours.

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


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