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Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a 'secret mission' which brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage - trust no one.

McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

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Sweet Tooth
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3.5 / 5
June 28th, 2014
I found this book very pedestrian for McEwan. It didn't really hook me and at the end I was dis-satisfied. Not a book you should feel you have to read!
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Sweet Tooth
December 4th, 2013
Can be a bit slow in places but still a good tale
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Sweet Tooth
October 31st, 2013
A little while in getting there but getting there it did. Persevere. The ending is rewarding.
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Feeling cheated
October 2nd, 2013
Enjoyable but at the end felt cheated. A little too clever but entertaining
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Sweet Tooth
February 13th, 2013
Excellent- full of mcEwan language and style
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