Review: My Purple Scented Novel by Ian McEwan

Title: My Purple Scented Novel

Author: Ian McEwan

Pages: 48 Pages

Publisher: Vintage Digital

The Blurb

‘You will have heard of my friend the once celebrated novelist Jocelyn Tarbet, but I suspect his memory is beginning to fade…You’d never heard of me, the once obscure novelist Parker Sparrow, until my name was publicly connected with his. To a knowing few, our names remain rigidly attached, like the two ends of a seesaw. His rise coincided with, though did not cause, my decline… I don’t deny there was wrongdoing. I stole a life, and I don’t intend to give it back. You may treat these few pages as a confession.’

A jewel of a book: a brand new short story from the author of AtonementMy Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.


The Review

I have never read anything by Ian McEwan before and I am awfully glad I started with the delightful short story My Purple Scented Novel.

It is a story that explores the themes of friendship, professional jealousy, and human nature when presented with a moral and ethical dilemma. It is the kind of story that has you shouting at your protagonist to not do the thing you know that they are going to do and is absolutely delicious in its drama.

If, like me, you have yet to read a full novel by Ian McEwan then My Purple Scented Novel is a great introduction.

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