Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.
4. CONTAINMENT: TRAUMA AND MANIPULATION IN IAN McEWAN
Wood admires and critiques the author of Atonement, Enduring Love and On Chesil Beach - 'the great contemporary stager of traumatic contingency as it strikes ordinary lives'.
Abridged by Eileen Horne
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Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.