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

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Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.

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(See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/07) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

It should not come as a surprise that Florence and Edward, newlyweds who cannot discuss their previous sexual experiences (or lack thereof), do not communicate out loud with one another until all their emotions boil over at the conclusion of the first night of their honeymoon. That their lives are constructed as narratives and memories makes this novella a particularly good choice for McEwan to perform his own work. McEwan provides a deft sense of cadence, timing and emphasis. McEwan reads this poignant, sad and occasionally amusing gem with entrancing skill, precision and perfect pace. In short, McEwan's performance is mesmerizing. An excellent addition to the recording is a thoughtful interview with the author. The conversation provides insight into McEwan's choice of setting, time period (1962) and characters. McEwan reveals that he tries out his works in progress on audiences, a technique that pays off beautifully. This author-read work is outstanding. Simultaneous release with the Nan A. Talese hardcover (Reviews, March 6). (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"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 *

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