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Amsterdam : Winner of the 1998 Man Booker Prize - Ian McEwan

Amsterdam

Winner of the 1998 Man Booker Prize

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Published: March 1999
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'Easily his most enjoyable book-McEwan writes here with unobtrusive panache' David Profumo, Daily Telegraph

On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, "The Judge". Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister.

In the days that follow Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A contemporary morality tale that is as profound as it is witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written.

And why Amsterdam? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious shock in a novel brimming with surprises.

About the Author

Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories and ten novels. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game, The Ploughman's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent.

McEwan returns to the theme of moral dilemma in this Booker Prize-winner. Molly, a socialite and restaurant critic with a huge appetite for life, dies after a long and distressing illness. Two of her ex-lovers meet at her funeral and, in the emotional aftermath, make an ill-fated promise to each other. In the meantime, Molly's husband, a dull and domineering publishing tycoon, has his own agenda - and soon each of the friends is forced to make a terrible decision on an issue of conscience. A complex and rewarding read. (Kirkus UK)

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix FĂ©mina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000.

In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader's Digest Author of the Year.

McEwan lives in London.

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ISBN: 9780099272779
ISBN-10: 0099272776
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: March 1999
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.19