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Ian McEwan announces satirical Brexit novel; Fleishman Is in Trouble being adapted into limited series

Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Photo: Erik Tanner

Ian McEwan is publishing a new satirical novel about Brexit later this month. In The Cockroach, “Jim Sams wakes and finds he must endure a worse fate” than Kafka’s Gregor Samsa: Instead of a beetle, Sams “has become the British prime minister.” “As the nation tears itself apart, constitutional norms are set aside, parliament is closed down so that the government cannot be challenged at a crucial time and ministers lie about it shamelessly in the old Soviet style, and when many Brexiters in high places seem to crave the economic catastrophe of a no deal and English nationalist extremists are attacking the police in Parliament Square, a writer is bound to ask what he or she can do,” McEwan told The Guardian. There’s only one answer: write.” The book will be published by Jonathan Cape on September 27.

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Time has dedicated an entire issue of the magazine to climate change. “Human nature, like journalism, is deadline-­oriented,” editor in chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal explained. “Our intent with this issue—only the fifth time in our history that we have turned over every page of a regular issue, front to back, to a single topic—is to send a clear message: we need to act fast, and we can.”

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble is being adapted into a limited series. “I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to work with these producers and with this studio,” Brodesser-Akner told Deadline about the project, which is being developed by ABC Signature Studios. “I wrote a novel thinking it was just a little story that I had to get out into the world, and never allowed myself to think that the story would continue on like this.”