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Random House presents the audiobook edition of My Purple Scented Novel written and read by Ian McEwan.

‘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 Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.

©2018 Ian McEwan (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Royalty from a looting operation

Purple is royalty and like the state church before him this is the the story of theives and robbers, sealed with a glass of wine.

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Mr McEwan you are a master

I became engrossed and uncomfortable in such a short time. A satisfying crafty little tale.

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Just too short

A cunning plan cleverly crafted with amusing execution. Great energy and pace but just not long enough.

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  • Lisa L. Wen
  • 19-09-2019

Ian Poe

The very first sentence reminds me of Edgar Alan Poe's "the Cask of Amontillado " and Poe's love.

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  • 24-12-2018

Not worth the money I paid

Yes I knew it was short before I bought it but I expected more from Mr McEwan. The story starts slowly then gains a bit of interest before ending in a damp squib. Disappointing. For fans only. Or anyone wanting to have read the complete works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-2018

Short Story

This is a tale of two authors, come of age together, how their paths diverge and intersect across the years.

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  • Wras
  • 10-09-2018

Short, sweet and sour; the perfect novella

Many books of hundreds of pages never deliver the punch this few pages have, perfect sarcasm, well-developed plot, characters that come off the page, entertaining and proof that writing can be majestic.

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  • 09-12-2019

cleverly succinct and intriguing

I very much enjoyed this short story with it's innocently committed crime. I wonder if it has really happened?

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