The Child in Time


  • The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
  • The Child in Time by Ian McEwan


    Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1987 (220 p., ISBN: 022402499X).

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987 (263 p., ISBN: 0395429129).

Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1987 (263 p., ISBN: 0886191920).

Het kind in de tijd (Dutch / Trans. by Eva Wolff). Amsterdam: M. Muntinga, 1987 (313 p., ISBN: 9041700080).

London: Picador, 1988 (220 p., ISBN: 0330304062).

New York: Penguin Books, 1988 (263 p., ISBN: 0140112464).

Babino nel tempo (Italian). Torino: Einaudi, 1988 (215 p., ISBN: 8806113658).

L'enfant volé (French / Trans. by Josée Strawson). Paris: Gallimard, 1993 (298 p., ISBN: 2070732916).

Oxford: Isis Publishing, 1994 (299 p., ISBN: 1856953424).

Jikan no naka no kodomo (Japanese / Trans. by Yasushi Mano). Tokyo: Chuokoronsha, 1995 (314 p., ISBN: 4120024784).

Oxford: Heinemann, 1996 (230 p., ISBN: 0435124501).

London: Vintage, 1997 (220 p., ISBN: 0099755017).

New York: Anchor Books, 1999 (263 p., ISBN: 0385497520).

(Audio / Read by Nathaniel Parker). Bath, England/Hampton, NH: Chivers Audio Books, 1999 (8 cassettes, 8 hr., 15 min. / ISBN: 0754003469).

Niños en el tiempo (Spanish). Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 1999 (255 p., ISBN: 8433966383).

Ditia vo vremeni (Russian). Moskva: Agraf, 2000 (329 p., ISBN: 5778401027).

Selected Reviews and Criticism

Quinn, Mary Ellen. 'Untitled', Booklist, 1 September 1987: 28.

Neve, Michael, 'Possible Futures', Times Literary Supplement, 4 September 1987: 947.

Locke, Richard. 'Shades of Dickens and Woolf', The Wall Street Journal, 15 September 1987: 30.

Cooke, Judy, 'Time Stands Still', The Listener, 17 September 1987: 24.

Tonkin, Boyd. 'In at the Birth', New Statesman, 18 September 1987: 28.

Smoodin, Roberta. 'The Theft of a Child and the Gift of Time', Los Angeles Times Book Review, 20 September 1987: 19.

Sheppard, R. Z. 'Heartbeats', Time, 21 September 1987: 76.

Goldstein, Rebecca, 'He Turned Around and She Was Gone', New York Times Book Review, 45:41, 11 October 1987: 9.

Powers, John, 'Natural Bonds', The Nation, 245:14, 31 October 1987: 491-492.

Mantel, Hilary, 'Frozen Time', London Magazine, 27:9-10, December 1987/January 1988: 134-135.

Podhoretz, John. 'Book Reviews', American Spectator, 21:2, February 1988: 45-46.

Annan, Gabriele, 'Worriers', New York Review of Books, 35:1, 4 February 1988: 17-19.

Bemrose, John, 'A Welcome Literary Invasion', Maclean's, 101:18, 25 April 1988: 51-52.

Brownjohn, Alan, Encounter, 70, April 1988: 57.

Neri, Michele. 'Perche non ho rivelato il sesso del primo ministro', La Stampa: Tuttolibri, 14:613, 6 August 1988: 4.

' Ian McEwan: Standing Up for the Sisters', A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s, D. J. Taylor, (Bloomsbury, London, 1989): 55-59.

Muchnick, Laurie. 'You Must Dismember This', Village Voice, 35:35, 28 August 1990: 102.

The Novel Today: A Critical Guide to the British Novel 1970-1989, Allan Massie, (Longman, London, 1990): 49-52.

Slay Jr., Jack, 'Vandalizing Time: Ian McEwan's The Child in Time', Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 35:4, Summer 1994: 205-218.

Edwards, Paul, 'Time, Romanticism, Modernism and Moderation in Ian McEwan's The Child in Time', English: The Journal of the English Association, 44:178, Spring 1995: 41-55.

Reynier, Christine, 'Rites de Passage dans The Child in Time d'Ian McEwan', Jeux d'ecriture: Le Roman britannique contemporain, edited by Marie-Francoise Cachin and Ann Grieve, 1995.

Wright, Derek. 'New Physics, Old Metaphysics: Quantum and Quotidian in Ian McEwan's The Child in Time', Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses, 10, 1997: 221-233.

Byrne, Michael. 'Time and the Child in Ian McEwan's The Child in Time', The Antigonish Review, 123, Autumn 2000: 101-107.

Schoene, Berthold. ‘The U-turn of the Father: Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time.’ In Berthold Schoene's Writing Men: Literary Masculinities from Frankenstein to the New Man. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000: pp. 157-69.

Takamoto, Takako. "The Child in Time ni okeru Futatsu no Jikan' ('Two Kinds of "Time" in The Child in Time'), New Perspective, 177, 2003: 45-57.