First Love, Last Rites

First Love, Last Rites : 40th Anniversary Edition

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The fortieth anniversary edition of Ian McEwan's first book, now with an introduction from the author

Forty years on from first publication, these stories display McEwan's dazzling early talent. Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, they are stories of sex and loneliness, adolescence and incest, love and murder, and they linger in the mind long after they are finished.

This special edition includes a piece by the author on how he came to write First Love, Last Rites and rare archive material including manuscript pages, early publicity material and the cover of the first edition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 14mm | 160g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Special edition
  • 40th Anniversary
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0099754819
  • 9780099754817
  • 40,647

Review quote

"Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer" -- Julian Barnes * New Statesman * "As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across" * Vogue * "Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner" -- Gabriele Annan * Times Literary Supplement * "And now for a brand new writer of formidable talent, Ian McEwan who is 27. His stories First Love, Last Rites...are the most devastating debut I have seen for a long time" -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * "A brilliant debut by the most promising writer around" -- A. Alvarez * Observer Books of the Year *
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About Ian McEwan

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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"As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across"
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