"A web of spying, subterfuge, deceit and betrayal...Acute, witty ...winningly cunning". ("Sunday Times"). The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. Britain is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism. Serena Frome, in her final year at Cambridge, is being groomed for MI5. Serena is sent on a secret mission - Operation Sweet Tooth - which brings her into the 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.
The Number One bestseller from the author of Atonement and Enduring Love: Sweet Tooth is a story of love and espionage in 1970s Britain
Winner of Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Political Fiction Book of the Year 2013. Shortlisted for Sainsbury's eBook of the Year 2014 and Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Political Fiction Book of the Year 2013.
"Riveting... Delicious... Gripping" Guardian "Sweet Tooth takes the expectations and tropes of the Cold War thriller and ratchets up the suspense, while turning it into something else... A well-crafted pleasure to read, its smooth prose and slippery intelligence sliding down like cream" -- Amanda Craig Independent "A thoroughly clever novel...a sublime novel about novels, about writing them and reading them and the spying that goes on in doing both...very impressive...rich and enjoyable" -- Lucy Kellaway Financial Times "Gloriously readable and, at times, wickedly funny" -- Arminta Wallace Irish Times "Playful, comic... This is a great big Russian doll of a novel, and in its construction - deft, tight, exhilaratingly immaculate - is a huge part of its pleasure...exerts a keen emotional pull" -- Julie Myerson Observer
Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.