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Ian McEwan

Writer, Novel

Ian McEwan studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature. While completing his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia, he took a creative writing course taught by the novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson.

Mr. McEwan's books have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award, for his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award and Prix Fémina Étranger, for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction three times, winning the award for Amsterdam. Most recently, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday, and the Commonwealth Award for Literature. His latest published work is the novel On Chesil Beach.

His novel Atonement was published in 2002 and received the WH Smith Literary Award, National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award, the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel.

In addition to Atonement, other works by Mr. McEwan have been made into feature films. Among these have been The Comfort of Strangers, adapted by Harold Pinter and directed by Paul Schrader; The Cement Garden, adapted and directed by Andrew Birkin; The Innocent, adapted by the author and directed by John Schlesinger; the short story "First Love, Last Rites," adapted by Jesse Peretz and David Ryan and directed by Mr. Peretz; and Enduring Love, adapted by Joe Penhall and directed by Roger Michell.

In 1999, Mr. McEwan was named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).