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The fortieth anniversary edition of Ian McEwan's first book, now with an introduction from the author
Forty years on from first publication, these stories display McEwan's dazzling early talent. Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, they are stories of sex and loneliness, adolescence and incest, love and murder, and they linger in the mind long after they are finished.
This special edition includes a piece by the author on how he came to write First Love, Last Rites and rare archive material including manuscript pages, early publicity material and the cover of the first edition.
"Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer" -- Julian Barnes * New Statesman * "As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across" * Vogue * "Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner" -- Gabriele Annan * Times Literary Supplement * "And now for a brand new writer of formidable talent, Ian McEwan who is 27. His stories First Love, Last Rites...are the most devastating debut I have seen for a long time" -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * "A brilliant debut by the most promising writer around" -- A. Alvarez * Observer Books of the Year *
ISBN: 9780099754817 ISBN-10: 0099754819 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: July 1997 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: Special edition
About the Author
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 Fémina 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.
Booktopia Book Guru says: Ian McEwan presents the world as you know it, and then tweaks it, just a fraction, causing it to crack, and from that crack spills forth meaning, directly into your lap.