"'Amazing...if you only buy one book this year, make it "Complete Surrender".' BBC Radio Oxford"
Wanted:Home for baby boy, aged 1 month, complete surrender. In late 1942, that advert was placed in the Reading Mercury. Two weeks later, on the deserted platform of Reading railway station, a young couple who had read the advert were to fleetingly meet the mother of this baby boy as she passed the child over to them. The reasons for the surrender of her child were never explained. The boy, Dave Sharp, grew up happily, never knowing the full story of his parentage. But a chance discovery some sixty years later was to set him on a quest to uncover the truth behind his mysterious abandonment. This search would lead to shocking and uncomfortable revelations, both for Dave and for the family that he discovered. Not only was Dave, a bricklayer by trade, to be united with the brother he never knew he had, world-famous novelist Ian McEwan, but the two men were to discover a shared history and a relationship closer than they could ever have imagined.
About the Author
Ian McEwan is one of the world's best loved living writers, the critically acclaimed author of many books including The Cement Garden (1978), The Child in Time (1987), Enduring Love (1997), and, most recently, On Chesil Beach. His novel Atonement has recently been adapted as a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley and James MacAvoy. Dave Sharp is a bricklayer by trade and a life-long supporter of his beloved Reading FC. This is his first book.