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The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. 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. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.
Ian McEwan has written two collection of short stories: First Love, Last Rites and In Between The Sheets, and twelve novels: The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child In Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Solar. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game,The Ploughman's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent.
Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 1987 and Whitbread Prize (Novel) 1987.