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My Purple Scented Novel - Ian McEwan

My Purple Scented Novel

Paperback Published: 2nd July 2018
ISBN: 9781784709389
Number Of Pages: 48

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'You will have heard of my friend the once celebrated novelist Jocelyn Tarbet, but I suspect his memory is beginning to fadeaYou'd never heard of me, the once obscure novelist Parker Sparrow, until my name was publicly connected with his. To a knowing few, our names remain rigidly attached, like the two ends of a seesaw. His rise coincided with, though did not cause, my declinea I don't deny there was wrongdoing. I stole a life, and I don't intend to give it back. You may treat these few pages as a confession.'

A jewel of a book- a brand new short story from the author of Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan's 70th birthday.

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"The writing is beautifully clear" * Evening Standard *
"My Purple Scented Novel...is deliciously cynical in its refusal of moral implication. There is a lightness of touch and enlivening impishness at play" -- Ben Masters * Times Literary Supplement *

ISBN: 9781784709389
ISBN-10: 1784709387
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 2nd July 2018
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.0 x 11.1  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.04

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Ian McEwan

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 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.

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.

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