Yesterday evening, Mr Healy spoke to the Senior Literary Society about ‘narrative in the novels of Ian McEwan’.

Mr Healy discussed a range of Ian McEwan’s novels, with a particular focus on Nutshell and its links to Hamlet and Shakespeare more widely.

McEwan’s success and popularity can be attributed to both the clarity and stylish nature of his prose as well as his willingness to tackle taboo subjects and character conflicts unflinchingly. His novels are full of ‘people behaving badly’ (McEwan: 2010) and the topical concerns of the contemporary moment.

Lower Sixth students enjoyed the talk and many resolved to read Nutshell to enhance their understanding of Hamlet.

Current pupils can watch a recording of the talk here.