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McEwan, Ian (1948-)

It has been stated that Ian McEwan is one of the most significant British writers since the 1970s. (Dominic Head, 2007). Since publishing a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites in 1976 and his first novel The Cement Garden in 1978 he has gone on to achieve both critical and popular success.

Head, Dominic. Ian McEwan. Manchester University Press, 2007, p. 1.

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Short story

Picture book

  • Rose Blanche with text by Ian McEwan, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti; based on a story by Christophe Gallaz. Summary: 'In this book I wanted to illustrate how a child experiences war without really understanding it ... I was a little child when the war passed in front of our door ... My father did not want to answer my questions, but I knew that something terrible was happening.' Roberto Innocenti

In 2014 Ian McEwan was one of the men who chose a poem that was then featured in Poems that make grown men cry: 100 men on the words that move them , edited by Anthony and Ben Holden. Ian McEwan chose 'An Exequy' by Peter Porter (1929-2010); pp. 195-200. An Exequy is an elegy written by Porter for his wife who had killed herself in her childhood attic bedroom in 1974.


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  • Jordison, Sam, 2011, Booker Club: Amsterdam, in The Guardian 6 December. - "characters without personality, comedy without mirth – how McEwan's worst novel won the Booker is a deep mystery."
  • Pritchard, William H, 1998, 'Publish and perish', New York Times: Archives, 27 December.


Black Dogs

  • 'Black dogs' by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, 3rd November 1982.

The Cement Garden

On Chesil Beach

The Children Act

The Child in Time

Enduring love

Machines like me


  • Kakutani, Michiko, 2016,Nutshall: a tale about a baby-to-be (or not-to-be), by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 5 September/
  • Adams, Tim, 2016,Nutshell by Ian McEwan - a tragic hero in the making, The Guardian, 30 August.
  • Wilson, Francis, 2016, 'Too close to the son' Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Times Literary Supplement, 5 September.



Sweet tooth



From The Guardian

  • Guardian Live: Ian McEwan - as it happened. Author Ian McEwan spoke about his latest book, The Children Act, in front of a live audience with the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland. Here are some of the event highlights. (5:15m)
  • Ian McEwan: 'I'm only 66 - my notebook is still full of ideas.' by Robert McCrum, in The Guardian, 31st August 2014. In Ian McEwan's book The Children Act, a high court judge must decide whether a teenage boy lives or dies. In his own life, the novelist feels mortality pressing in – but, he says, he's enjoying himself far too much to slow down just yet
  • Ian McEwan: the law versus religious belief. 6th September 2014. The conjoined twins who would die without medical intervention, a boy who refused blood transfusions on religious grounds … The novelist on the stories from the family courts that inspired his latest book

From the New Yorker