View random article

Who Is Ian McEwan?

Born on the 21st of June 1948, in Aldershot, English Ian Russel McEwan is a novelist and screen writer. He is a highly acclaimed contemporary writer with many of his novels being adapted into film. His writing style has caused critics to call him ‘Ian Macabre’.

Until he was twelve years old, Ian McEwan lived abroad because his father was an army officer. He spent his childhood in Germany, Libya and East Asia. In 1970, he received his degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and then went on to the University of East Anglia where he graduated from the pioneering creative writing course taught by Malcolm Bradbury.

Ian McEwan chooses to write on somewhat disturbing and thought provoking themes such as incest, kidnapping, hostages, mental disorders, murder and de Clerambault’s syndrome. He invokes deep and often uncomfortable feelings in his readers. He is capable of convincingly portraying a diverse range of character types, allowing the reader to clearly grasp the characters’ thoughts and motivations.

Atonement (2001) is accepted as his best novel. Its 2007 screen adaptation made it an Oscar winning film. Other widely acclaimed novels Enduring Love (1997) which was made into a film in 2004. Amsterdam (1998) won Ian McEwan the Man Booker Prize. His most recent works are Saturday (2003), On Chesil Beach (2007) and Solar (2010)

He has two sons from his first marriage and is now married to Annalena McAfee, a children’s books author and former editor of The Guardian’s Review section.

Featured in Entertainment