is an engrossing and satirical novel which focuses on climate
change. It is a stylish new work by one of the worlds
greatest living writers about one mans ambitions and self-deceptions.
Michael Beard is in his late fifties;
bald, overweight, unprepossessing a Nobel prize-winning
physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation,
he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads
of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads
a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. An inveterate
philanderer, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. When
Beards professional and personal worlds are entwined in
a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself, a chance for
Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate
his career and very possibly save the world from environmental
Dan Franklin, Publisher, comments:
Solar is a novel about one of the most serious
threats to our world global warming but is also
very, very funny. It shows a fresh side to Ian McEwans
work, that hes a comic writer of genius.
Conversations with Ian McEwan collects
sixteen interviews, conducted over three decades, with
some of the greatest minds of his time - Martin Amis, Christopher
Ricks, Zadie Smith, Ian Hamilton, Antony Gormley, David Remnick,
and Steven Pinker - provide readers the most in-depth portrait
available of the author and his works.
Readers will find McEwan to be just as engaging,
humorous, and intelligent as his writings suggest. The volume
includes interviews from British, Spanish, French, and American
sources, two interviews previously available only in audio format,
and a new interview conducted with the book's editor.
Mitchison, Graeme. 'Imagining
a Universe for Ian McEwan.' New Scientist, 31 March 2010
[Graeme Mitchison is a physicist at the Centre for Quantum Computation
at the University of Cambridge. McEwan asked for his assistance with
certain aspects of the novel Solar].
Bentley, Daniel. 'Solar by Ian McEwan.' The Northern Echo, 3 April 2010 ["[W]ith
his portrayal of Beard, the Booker winner finds new range in his voice,
masterfully blending satire and comedy with the suspense and pathos
that have long been his forte"].
Zemanek, Eva. 'A dirty hero's fight for clean energy:
satire, allegory, and risk narrative in Ian McEwan's Solar',
Ecozon@, 3.1 (2012): 51-60.
Kerridge, Richard. 'The single source [review of
Solar]', Ecozon@, 1.1 (2010): 155-60.
Garrard, Greg.'The Unbearable Lightness of Green:
Air Travel, Climate Change and Literature', Green Letters: Studies
in Ecocriticism 2013 (Vol.17, no.2): 175-188 [includes section
on Solar alongside Michael Crichton and Helen Simpson].
Garrard, Greg.'Solar: Apocalypse Not', in Ian
McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (2nd ed), ed. S. Groes,