Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed British author known for his novels, which often combine deep psychological insight with intricate narratives. His work often explores complex moral issues and human dilemmas. He has received numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize for his novel 'Amsterdam' in 1998. His other notable works include 'Atonement,' 'Enduring Love,' and 'Saturday.'


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  1. 1. Atonement

    Atonement is a powerful novel that explores the consequences of a young girl's false accusation. The narrative follows the lives of three characters, the accuser, her older sister, and the sister's lover, who is wrongly accused. This false accusation irrevocably alters their lives, leading to the accused's imprisonment and eventual enlistment in World War II, while the sisters grapple with guilt, estrangement, and their own personal growth. The novel is a profound exploration of guilt, forgiveness, and the destructive power of misinterpretation.

    The 209th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Cement Garden

    The story revolves around four siblings who are left to fend for themselves after the untimely death of both their parents. The death of their mother, the second parent to die, forces them to hide her body in the basement to avoid being separated by social services. The siblings create their own dystopian world within the confines of their home, leading to a disturbing exploration of their relationships, particularly between the two oldest siblings, as they grapple with the loss, isolation, and burgeoning adolescence.

    The 1919th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Saturday

    "Saturday" is a novel that unfolds over a single day in London, following the life of a successful neurosurgeon. His day is disrupted by a violent encounter with a petty criminal, which leads to a series of tense situations that force him to confront his values, his family's safety, and his view of the world. The narrative explores themes of love, fear, and the randomness of life, all set against the backdrop of a post-9/11 world.

    The 2611th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Child in Time

    A man's life is dramatically altered when his young daughter is kidnapped during a routine shopping trip. As he grapples with the loss, he also deals with a failing marriage, a best friend who becomes a government official, and a strange time-warp phenomenon. The narrative delves into themes of parenthood, loss, and the fluidity of time, while exploring the protagonist's struggle to maintain his sanity amidst the chaos.

    The 5090th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Enduring Love

    This novel opens with a dramatic and tragic hot-air balloon accident that brings together two strangers, Joe Rose and Jed Parry. While Joe is a science journalist in a stable relationship, Jed is a deeply religious man who becomes obsessed with Joe following their brief encounter. This obsession quickly escalates into a harrowing and unrelenting psychological pursuit, testing the limits of Joe's rationality and his relationship with his partner, Clarissa. As Joe becomes increasingly consumed by Jed's delusional fixation, the narrative delves into themes of love, faith, and the complexities of the human psyche, culminating in a suspenseful exploration of how a single moment can irrevocably alter the course of multiple lives.

    The 6289th Greatest Book of All Time