McEwan's "The Child in Time" is a book about the loss of a child, about losing the child in ourselves and about being children even as adults. About wanting childhood to return, to stay, to be a neverending episode of life.
"He wanted the security of childhood, the powerlessness, the obedience, and also the freedom that goes with it, freedom from money, decisions, plans demands. He used to say he wanted to escape from time, from appointments, schedules, deadlines. Childhood to him was timelessness, he talked about it as though it were a mystical state. He longed for all this, talked to me about it endlessly, got depressed, and meanwhile he was out there making money, becoming known, creating hundreds of obligations for himself in the adult world, running away from his thoughts."
Ian McEwan - "The Child in Time"