Ian McEwan: Lessons
Join Ian McEwan as he discusses Lessons, his mesmerising new novel – a powerful meditation on history and humanity told through the prism of one man’s lifetime.
Spanning a 70-year period, Lessons starts as the Second World War is ending, taking in the Suez and Cuban Missile Crises, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and continuing right up to the current pandemic and climate change.
McEwan’s protagonist, Roland, rides with the tide of history, but more often struggles against it. Haunted by lost opportunities, he seeks solace through every possible means – music, literature, family, friends, sex, politics and love.
His journey raises important questions for us all. Can we take full charge of the course of our lives without damage to others? How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? What does parenthood, which McEwan describes as ‘that double helix of labour and love’, teach us about ourselves? And what can we really learn from the traumas of the past?
McEwan appears in conversation with literary journalist Alex Clark. As well as celebrating his new book, they reflect on McEwan’s career, from his early novels to his Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam, his number-one bestsellers such as Machines Like Me, and big screen adaptations including Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach.
Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of our foremost storytellers.
This event is hosted in partnership with Penguin Live
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