Ian McEwan, England’s national author, has written numerous novels, short stories, screenplays, children’s books and other writings in the past four decades. His works include the highly praised “Amsterdam,” “Enduring Love,” “Atonement” and the historical novella “On Chesil Beach.”
In 2007 “Atonement,” which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, was made into an Oscar Award-winning movie starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave. Currently, McEwan is working with director Sam Mendes of “American Beauty” fame on the screenplay for “On Chesil Beach.”
Other works by McEwan are the novels “The Cement Garden,” “The Comfort of Strangers,” “The Child in Time,” “The Innocent,” “Black Dogs” and “Saturday.” His latest novel, “Solar,” is an engrossing and satirical novel focusing on climate change. “Solar” is a novel about one of the most serious threats to our world – global warming – but is also very, very funny. It shows a fresh side to Ian McEwan’s work, that he’s a comic writer of genius,” said Dan Franklin, Random House publisher.
McEwan’s works for young readers include “Rose Blanche” and “The Daydreamer.” His collections of short stories include “First Love, Last Rites,” which he wrote at age 22 for his master’s thesis, and “In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories.” He also is the author of several screenplays, including “The Ploughman’s Lunch”, “Sour Sweet” (with Mike Newell), “The Innocent” and “The Good Son.” He regularly contributes to periodicals and literary journals.
During his prestigious writing career, he has won numerous awards and honors including the 1998 Man Booker Prize for “Amsterdam”; 2002 WH Smith Literary Award, 2003 Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award and 2004 Santiago Prize for the European Novel, all for “Atonement”; and the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for “Saturday.” His novella “On Chesil Beach” was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan also was named Reader’s Digest Author of the Year.
McEwan and his wife, Annalena McAfee, live in London.