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Ian McEwan

Biography

I really love your work. I’ve got two of your paintings
Tony Blair, talking to Ian McEwan.

Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot in 1948. As his father was in the army, the family lived abroad much of the time. He attended the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia. He started off in the squeeze-the-pimples-fart-in-the-sheets genre of writing, so famously mocked by the late Kenneth Tynan. Most of his fellow pimple-squeezers and farters have thankfully faded away, while McEwan himself has grown up to be one of England’s finest writers, perhaps second only to J G Ballard as England’s best end-of-one-millennium-beginning-of-the-next writer. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has been accused of plagiarism with several of his books, including The Cement Garden, Atonement and On Chesil Beach.

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His homepage
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Ian McEwan fools British shrinks
Only Love and Then Oblivion. Love Was All They Had to Set Against Their Murderers (McEwan on the 9/11 attacks)
Martin Amis, Ian McEwan: does the golden generation still glitter?
James Wood writes about the manipulations of Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan: Opera? Great music, terrible plots
The originality of the species (article by McEwan)
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Interview (On the 9/11 attacks)
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Accusations of plagiarism

Warning: the words you are about to read may be stolen
Ian McEwan accused of stealing ideas from romance novelist
What Did Ian McEwan Do?
Recluse speaks out to defend McEwan
An inspiration, yes. Did I copy from another author? No

Bibliography

1975 First Love, Last Rites (Stories)
1978 The Cement Garden
1978 In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories
1981 The Imitation Game and Other Plays
1981 The Comfort of Strangers
1983 Or Shall We Die? Words for an Oratorio Set to Music by Michael Berkeley
1985 The Ploughman’s Lunch (TV)
1987 The Child in Time
1988 Soursweet (screenplay)
1989 A Move Abroad: Or Shall We Die? and The Ploughman’s Lunch (screenplays)
1990 The Innocent
1992 Black Dogs
1994 The Daydreamer (juvenile fiction)
1995 The Short Stories
1997 Enduring Love
1998 Amsterdam
2001 Atonement
2005 Saturday
2007 On Chesil Beach
2010 Solar
2012 Sweet Tooth
2014 The Children Act
2016 Nutshell
2019 Machines Like Me