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On Chesil Beach - McEwan, Ian

Paperback Published: February 2008
ISBN: 9780099512790
Number Of Pages: 176

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A short novel of quite remarkable depth, power and poignancy by a writer at the height of his powers

It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come...

"On Chesil Beach" is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Industry Reviews

"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 *

Short but compelling

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There is so much depth to this story and it is told in so few pages. The characters are so well developed and the "situation" is so well documented. You do find yourself squirming while reading about some aspects of the conversation and feelings between the two main characters. I hadn't read Ian McEwan and thought this would be a good starter; I was no at all disappointed.

Sydney AUS

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ISBN: 9780099512790
ISBN-10: 0099512793
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: February 2008
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

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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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