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Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000. In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday, and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards. McEwan has been named the Reader's Digest Author of the Year for 2008, the 2010 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, and in 2011 was awarded the Jerusalem Prize.

McEwan lives in London. His most recent novel is The Children Act.

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The Children Act


About the Novel:

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 lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

The Children Act will be published in September by Jonathan Cape, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, and Knopf Canada. The audiobook is available from iTunes (UK / US) and Audible (UK / US).

Vintage Podcast: Ian McEwan and Martin Amis

Ian McEwan and Martin Amis are two old friends - who also happen to be literary superstars. Listen to them discuss their thought-provoking new books, The Children Act and The Zone of Interest, look back over their distinguished careers and consider the current state and the future prospects of the novel. The podcast is presented by journalist Alex Clark. (Contains strong language.)


The Children Act

This is a special limited First Edition of The Children Act signed by the author before publication and in association with Jonathan Cape, comprising 100 copies only, printed on Logan Book Wove 150gsm paper. Seventy-five are quarter-bound in Kaduna Green Nigerian Goatskin, the sides letterpress-printed on Passport Sage Felt with a design by Edward Bawden and numbered 1 to 75. Twenty-five copies, numbered i to xxv, are fully-bound in the same leather and contain three facsimile pages of notebook manuscript and one page of hand-corrected typescript from an early draft of the novel, all supplied by the author.

All copies have head and tail bands, coloured tops and endpapers, and are contained in a suedel-lined slipcase, also featuring the Bawden design.

You may order as many copies as you wish but any multiple orders will be reviewed prior to publication and, if necessary, scaled down accordingly. Please indicate whether, if your preferred edition is unavailable, you would like to receive the other edition. Please note that books will not be reserved without pre-payment. No books will be dispatched before publication date, 2 September 2014.

Full Leather £350 (SOLD OUT) | Quarter £175

Books will be sent by Special Delivery in the UK (please add £13 per book) and by International Signed to Europe (add £23 per book) and Rest of the World (add £27 per book).

All orders and enquiries to Claire Williams | +44 (0) 20 7269 9030
14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL


The Harry Ransom Center Acquires Ian McEwan Archive

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of writer Ian McEwan.

The archive documents McEwan’s career and includes early material from his childhood and adolescence, as well as his earliest abandoned stories dating from the late-1960s and early 1970s. The archive includes drafts of all of McEwan’s later published works including his critically acclaimed novels Amsterdam and Atonement up through On Chesil Beach and Solar.

“This acquisition represents a rare opportunity to share the work of a living, internationally acclaimed author whose works are of strong interest to readers everywhere,” said Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss. “McEwan’s archive builds on the strengths of the Ransom Center’s notable collections of contemporary authors and will give students and scholars unprecedented access and insight into the development of his critically acclaimed novels.”

In a Q&A about the acquisition, Ian McEwan stated, "[T]he various drafts associated with each work will show any interested reader how ideas evolved towards their final form. The writer tends to forget rapidly the routes he or she discarded along the way. Sometimes the path towards a finished novel takes surprising twists. It's rarely an even development. For example, my novel Atonement started out as a science fiction story set two or three centuries into future." Read the full Q&A.

Pages from Ian McEwan's notebook related to On Chesil Beach. | Image courtesy of Harry Ransom Center.

Photo of Ian McEwan as a young boy in 1956 in Libya, North Africa. | Image courtesy of Harry Ransom Center

Novels:    The Cement Garden    The Comfort of Strangers    The Child in Time    The Innocent    Black Dogs       
Enduring Love    Amsterdam    Atonement    Saturday    On Chesil Beach   Solar   Sweet Tooth
The Children Act
Stories:    First Love, Last Rites    In Between the Sheets   
  Children's Fiction:    Rose Blanche    The Daydreamer   
Screenplays:    The Imitation Game & Other Plays    The Ploughman's Lunch    Soursweet  
Oratorio / Libretto:    Or Shall We Die?      For You

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