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 and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
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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"Wonderful...exquisite...devastating" * Independent on Sunday * "Exquisitely crafted" * Evening Standard * "Superb... The protagonists have everything to lose, and their faltering journey towards a point of no return is conjured into life my McEwan with irresistible subtlety, tact and force" * Financial Times * "On Chesil Beach is more than an event. It is a masterpiece" -- Karl Miller * Times Literary Supplement * "This is McEwan's mature style, one we have come to recognise from Atonement and Saturday. It is a polished, civilised style, and very distant from the shock tactics of his early work... McEwan brings Florence and Edward touchingly alive for us; and their seriousness, their idealism, and their desire for love draw us towards them" -- Natasha Walter * Guardian * "To commend an author for being reminiscent of Edith Wharton is a compliment that this reviewer reserves for a select few. Yet with On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan has earnt it" -- Lionel Shriver * Telegraph * "A master feat of concentration in both senses of the word" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times * "Written with a fierce pursuit of the truth and an utterly modern self-awareness, what a confidant tour de force this turns out to be" * Sunday Express * "One of our greatest living writers. Many Easter weekends and train journeys will be enlivened by a compelling novella" -- Christopher Dolan * Herald * "It is a masterpiece. The very idea that informs it, fascinating and unfamiliar, is masterly" -- Karl Miller * TLS *
About Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Winner of British Book Awards: Galaxy Book of the Year Award 2008 Winner of British Book Awards: Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2008 Short-listed for Irish Book Awards: RTE Radio 1's The Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award 2008 Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2007 Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007
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