Listen free for 30 days

My Purple Scented Novel

Narrated by: Ian McEwan
Length: 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

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

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    26
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Short Story

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

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

cleverly succinct and intriguing

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

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lisa L. Wen
  • Lisa L. Wen
  • 19-09-19

Ian Poe

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