Atonement

Synopsis

On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen- year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
Ian McEwan
About the author

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 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. McEwan has been named the Reader's Digest Author of the Year for 2008, the 2010 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, and in 2011 was awarded the Jerusalem Prize.McEwan lives in London. His most recent novel is The Children Act.

Books by Ian McEwan

Related articles

Challenging Stereotypes: Author Eliza Henry Jones Shares the Inspiration for How to Grow a Family Tree

News | Author Related

1 April 2020

Challenging Stereotypes: Author Eliza Henry Jones Shares the Inspiration for How to Grow a Family Tree

Guilty Secrets: What I Found On my Friend's Bedside Table

News | Book Life

31 March 2020

Guilty Secrets: What I Found On my Friend's Bedside Table

    The Daughter of Victory Lights Author Kerri Turner Shares 10 Books About Connecting From Afar

    News | Book Life

    31 March 2020

    The Daughter of Victory Lights Author Kerri Turner Shares 10 Books About Connecting From Afar

      Supporting Local Bookstores: Dymocks in Nowra

      News | Book Life

      30 March 2020

      Supporting Local Bookstores: Dymocks in Nowra

        Podcast: Ruby Hamad on White Women's Tears

        Podcast

        30 March 2020

        Podcast: Ruby Hamad on White Women's Tears

          Going on an Adventure: Catherine Pelosi's Favourite Adventure Stories

          News | Author Related

          27 March 2020

          Going on an Adventure: Catherine Pelosi's Favourite Adventure Stories

          Books That Were Banned, Burned & Challenged: Some Will Surprise You!

          News | Book Life

          23 March 2020

          Books That Were Banned, Burned & Challenged: Some Will Surprise You!

            Podcast: Charles Firth - The Chaser and beyond

            Podcast

            23 March 2020

            Podcast: Charles Firth - The Chaser and beyond

              Author Mary-Anne O’Connor Reminds us that The Oldest Cure for Boredom is in the Book

              News | Author Related | Book Life

              17 March 2020

              Author Mary-Anne O’Connor Reminds us that The Oldest Cure for Boredom is in the Book

                Authors-On-The-Go: Full-time House sitters, Bill Duncan and Catherine Lee

                News | Book Life

                16 March 2020

                Authors-On-The-Go: Full-time House sitters, Bill Duncan and Catherine Lee

                  COMMENTS

                  Leave a Reply

                  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *