On Chesil Beach


  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan


    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 struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come ...

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On Chesil Beach. London: Jonathan Cape, 2007.

On Chesil Beach. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007.

On Chesil Beach. Toronto: A. A. Knopf Canada, 2007

Aan Chesil Beach. Amsterdam: De Harmonie, 2007 [Translated by Rien Verhoef / Dutch].

Am Strand. Zürich: Diogenes, 2007 [Translated by Bernhard Robben / German].

On Chesil Beach. New York: Random House Large Print, 2007.

`Al hof Ts'ezil. Tel Aviv: `Am `oved, 2007 [Translated by Semadar Milo / Hebrew].

Na Praia de Chesil. Lisboa: Gradiva, 2007 [Translated by Ana Falcão Bastos / Portuguese].

Na praia. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2007 [Translated by Bernardo Carvalho / Portuguese].

Ved Chesil Beach. Gyldendal, 2007 [Translated by Jan Hansen / Danish].

Chesil Beach. Torino: Einaudi, 2007 [Translated by Susan Basso / Italian].

Na plaza. Bratislava: Slovart, 2007 [Translated by Katarína Karovicová / Slovak].

Pe plaja Chesil. Iasi: Polirom, 2007 [Translated by Ana-Maria Lisman / Romanian].

On Chesil Beach. New York: Anchor Books, 2008.

On Chesil Beach. London: Vintage, 2008.

On Chesil Beach. Bath: Paragon, 2008. [Large print].

Sur la plage de Chesil. Paris: Gallimard, 2008. [Translated by France Camus-Pichon / French]; Cergy: À vue d'oeil, 2009 [Large Print].

Ch`esil Bich`i eso: changp`yon sosol. Kyonggi-do P`aju-si: Munhak Tongne, 2008 [Translated by Tar-im U / Korean].

Na beregu. Sankt Peterburg: Domino, 2008 [Translated by Viktora Golysheva / Russian].

Quexi'er hai tan. Taibei Shi: Shang zhou chu ban, 2008 [Translated by Zhongyue Han / Chinese].

Zai Qiese'er hai tan shang. Shanghai: Shanghai yi wen chu ban she, 2008 [Translated by Yuning Huang / Chinese].

Trên bãi bien Chesil. Hà Noi: Van Hoc, 2008 [Vietnamese].

On Chesil Beach. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2008.

Na plazy Chesil. Warszawa: Wydawn. Albatros, 2008 [Translated by Andrzej Szulc / Polish].

Na obali Chesil. Ljubljana: Sanje, 2008 [Translated by Suzana Tratnik / Slovenian].

Sahilde. Istanbul: Turkuvaz, 2008 [Translated by Ilknur Özdemir / Turkish].

On Chesil Beach. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2008.

On Chesil Beach. Stuttgart Reclam, 2008 [Translated by Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz].

A la platja de Chesil. Barcelona Empúries Anagrama 2008 [Translated by Albert Torrescasana / Catalan].

På Chesil Beach. Stockholm: Ordfront, 2008 [Translated by Maria Ekman / Swedish].

Chesil Beach. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2009 [Translated by Jaime Zulaika / Spanish].

Shoya. Tokyo: Shincho-sha, 2009 [Translated by Kiyoshi Muramatsu / Japanese].

A film about Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach from hudson river films on Vimeo.

Selected Reviews and Criticism

Battersby, Eileen. 'Eternal Student of Extremes.' Irish Times, 24 March 2007: 7.

Adams, Tim. 'Innocents Abroad.' The Guardian, 25 March 2007. [See also, Adams, Tim. 'The Minute Currents of Tension That Will Change Two Lives.' Irish Independent, 8 April 2007].

Appleyard, Bryan. 'The Ghost in My Family.' Sunday Times (London), 25 March 2007: 1 [Interview focused primarily on Ian McEwan's family history]; reprinted as 'A Novel Family' in the Calgary Herald (Alberta), 8 April 2007: C1.

Chatfield, Tom. 'Snared by the Past.' Prospect, 29 March 2007.

'Beach Music.' Economist, 29 March 2007.

Ridgway, Keith. 'A Great Book about Bad Sex.' Irish Times, 31 March 2007: 11.

Shilling, Jane. 'A Halting Courtship Dance.' The Times (London), 31 March 2007: 5.

Freeman, John. 'Crossing the Threshold.' The Australian, 31 March 2007.

Renzetti, Elizabeth. 'In the Spotlight Again.' Globe and Mail, 31 March 2007: R1.

Walter, Natasha. 'Young Love, Old Angst.' The Guardian, 31 March 2007: 7. [See Ian McEwan's response: 'Novels Are Not All about You, Natasha.' The Guardian, 7 April 2007: 39].

Cartwright, Justin. 'Wedding Night Jitters.' ABC Magazine, 1 April 2007: 26. [See also, 'On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.' The Independent, 7 April 2007].

Kemp, Peter. 'Love in a Cold Climate.' Sunday Times, 1 April 2007: 39.

Tayler, Christopher. 'Christopher Tayler Enjoys Ian McEwan's Small-Scale Novel of Sexual Nervousness.' Sunday Telegraph (London), 1 April 2007: 40.

Anderson, Hephzibah. 'Ian McEwan Explores Sex in the Early 1960s in On Chesil Beach.' Bloomburg.com, 3 April 2007.

Collett-White, Mike. 'Author McEwan craves time out of limelight.' Reuters.com, 4 April 2007.

Mordue, Mark. 'On Chesil Beach.' Brisbane Times, 6 April 2007.

Harvey, Melinda. 'Inching Towards the Seashore.' Canberra Times, 7 April 2007.

McGillis, Ian. 'A Sense of Time, Place and Tragedy.' Gazette (Montreal), 7 April 2007: J5.

Tonkin, Boyd. 'Ian McEwan: I hang on to hope in a tide of fear.' The Independent, 7 April 2007.

'Pursuit of Pefection.' Scotsman, 7 April 2007.

d'Ancona, Matthew. 'The Magus of Fitzrovia.' The Spectator, 7 April 2007: 16-17.

Redhill, Michael. 'The Couple Stripped Bare.' Globe & Mail, 7 April 2007: D5.

Shriver, Lionel. 'Marriage Was the Beginning of a Cure.' Daily Telegraph (London), 7 April 2007: 26.

'When Candour Is Impossible.' National Post, 7 April 2007.

Walsh, Caroline. 'McEwan's Latest Sets a Puzzle.' Irish Times, 7 April 2007: 12.

Davidson, Max. 'McEwan Makes Misery a Delight.' Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2007: 61.

Fertile, Candace. 'Young Love, Old Terrors.' Edmonton Journal (Alberta): 8 April 2007: E10.

Marchand, Philip. 'New Wife Feels "Thrill of Destruction".' Toronto Star, 8 April 2007: D5.

Taylor, Alan. 'Let's Not Talk about Sex.' Sunday Herald, 8 April 2007: 28.

'A writer walks into a bar...' National Post, 9 April 2007: AL1 [includes interview].

Derbyshire, Jonathan. 'Book of the Week.' Time Out, 11 April 2007: 47.

Freeman, John. 'Virgin Territory.' Toronto Star, 12 April 2007: A22; also reviewed by Freeman in 'Novella Begins and Ends on Pre-liberation Wedding Night.' St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3 June 2007: F9 [Includes interview].

Robinson, David. 'Separating Fact from Fiction.' The Scotsman, 13 April 2007: 4.

Sutton, Henry. 'Life's a Beach.' The Mirror, 13 April 2007: 11.

'Love in England before the '60s started to swing.' Irish Independent, 14 April 2007.

Leadbetter, Russell. 'A Stark Reminder of Less Liberated Ttimes.' Evening Times (Glasgow), 14 April 2007: 12.

Schiefer, Nancy. 'Exceptional Love Story.' London Free Press (Ontario), 14 April 2007: C8.

Gerstel, Judy. 'From Vows to Vitriol.' Toronto Star, 16 April 2007: B1.

Lewis, Roger. 'Love Ebbs Away on Chesil Beach.' The Express, 20 April 2007: 50.

Ford, Mark. 'Oceans Apart.' Financial Times, 21 April 2007: 32.

Tóibín, Colm. 'Dissecting the Body.' London Review of Books, 29.8, 26 April 2007.

Morris, Paula. 'Summer of ’62', New Zealand Listener, April 28-May 4 2007.

Aspden, Rachel. 'Their Generation.' New Statesman, 30 April 2007.

Tayler, Christopher. 'Fine Drama Centres on Honeymoon.' Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia), 6 May 2007: D10.

Austin, Mark. 'McEwan's latest written on ominous white sheets.' Daily Yomiuri (Japan), 19 May 2007.

'A Night to Remember.' Popmatters.com, 29 May 2007.

Merkin, Daphne. 'No Sex, Please, We're British.' New York Sun, 30 May 2007: 11.

Reese, Jennifer. 'Book Review: On Chesil Beach.' Entertainment Weekly, 1 June 2007.

Brownrigg, Sylvia. 'Cut to the Chaste.' Los Angeles Times Book Review, 3 June 2007: 2.

Caldwell, Gail. 'A Distant Shore.' Boston Globe, 3 June 2007: C4.

Cruickshank, John. 'A Fine Anti-Romance.' Chicago Sun Times, 3 June 2007: B12.

Dubail, Jean. 'Brilliant Novel Should Outshine Controversy.' Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 3 June 2007: M4.

Freeman, John. 'Talking with Ian McEwan.' Newsday, 3 June 2007: C28.

Herman, Carol. 'Where the Wedding Night Led.' Washington Times, 3 June 2007: B6.

Letham, Jonathan. 'Edward’s End.' New York Times Book Review, 3 June 2007: 1 [Also available: New York Times Podcast Interview with Ian McEwan].

Kennedy, Randy. 'Sex, With Consequences.' New York Times, 3 June 2007: 1 (Week in Review section).

Vidimos, Robin. 'Two Lives Struggle Toward Love in the '60s.' Denver Post, 3 June 2007: F11.

Walker, Kevin. 'Communication Breakdown.' Tampa Tribune (Florida), 3 June 2007: 8.

Yardley, Jonathan. 'On Chesil Beach.' Washington Post, 3 June 2007: BW15.

'Book World Live: Two Young Lovers Struggle to Consummate Their Marriage.' WashingtonPost.com, 5 June 2007 [Online Q&A with readers from across the U.S.].

Soloski, Alexis. 'The Wedding Stinger.' Village Voice, 5 June 2007.

Zipp, Yvonne. 'Two novels by acclaimed writers give beach reading new meaning.' Christian Science Monitor, 5 June 2007: 13.

'10 Questions for Ian McEwan.' Time Magazine, 7 June 2007.

Alvarez, Al. 'It Happened One Night.' New York Review of Books, 54:12, 19 July 2007.

Mathews, Peter. "After the Victorians: The Historical Turning Point in McEwan's On Chesil Beach" Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 53.1 (2012): 82-91. Print.

Marco de Waard, "Redemptive Realism? History and Intertextuality in On Chesil Beach," in Rethinking Mimesis: Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation, ed. S. Isomaa, S. Kivistö, P. Lyytikäinen, S. Nyqvist, M. Polvinen, and R. Rossi. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, pp. 229-50.