Ian McEwan

Literary novelist and author of Atonement and Saturday.

Ian McEwan

Biography

Date of birth: 21 June 1948

Ian McEwan is widely considered to be on the best English novelists writing today. He grew up in a military family and lived in East Asia, Germany and North Africa before returning to England when he was twelve after studying English at Sussex University became one of the first students on the famous University of East Anglia’s creative writing course.

His earlier novels were darker in tone than his later works to the extent that he was originally nicknamed ‘Ian Macabre.’ McEwan reached new levels of popularity with the publications of Enduring Love in 1997 and Amsterdam in 1998. The latter went on to win the Man Booker Prize. Arguably his best known novel, Atonement, published in 2001, was also turned into an Oscar winning film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

In 2008, McEwan found out that he has a long lost brother who had been given up for adoption during World War Two. The two have remained in regular contact. He currently lives in London.

Book and writing awards

Somerset Maugham Award 1976 (First Love, Last Rites), Whitbread Novel Award 1987 (The Child in Time), James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction 1997 (Enduring Love), Booker Prize for Fiction 1998 (Amsterdam), James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction 2006 (Saturday) and Bolinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2010 (Solar).

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Sebastian Faulks, J.M. Coetzee and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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The Children Act

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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the...
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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 09/05/2013
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"A web of spying, subterfuge, deceit and betrayal...Acute, witty ...winningly cunning". ("Sunday Times"). The year is 1972. The... Read more

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The Children Act

The Children Act (Hardback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Hardback 224 pages
Published: 02/09/2014
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Solar

Solar (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 03/03/2011
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WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A... Read more

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For You

For You (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 05/06/2008
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Charles Frieth, pre-eminent composer, conductor and prodigious womaniser, is preparing for a performance of one of his early works, and the world... Read more

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On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/01/2008
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It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they... Read more

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Saturday (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 29/10/2005
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Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two... Read more

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Atonement

Atonement (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 02/05/2002
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On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain... Read more

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 01/04/1999
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On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and... Read more

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Enduring Love

Enduring Love (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 01/06/1998
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One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could... Read more

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The Daydreamer

The Daydreamer (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 144 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
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In these seven interlinked stories the grown-up Peter reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere... Read more

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Black Dogs

Black Dogs (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/09/1998
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In 1946, a young couple set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they plan an idyllic holiday, only to... Read more

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The Innocent

The Innocent (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 29/08/1998
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The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham,... Read more

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The Child in Time

The Child in Time (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 05/06/1997
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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... Read more

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The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
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As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked into their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who... Read more

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The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden (Paperback)

by Ian McEwan

Format: Paperback 144 pages
Published: 05/06/1997
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In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling... Read more

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