On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach

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It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 138 x 174 x 28mm | 359.99g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099512793
  • 9780099512790
  • 9,456

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"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 TLSshow more

About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.show more

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"It is a masterpiece. The very idea that informs it, fascinating and unfamiliar, is masterly"show more

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49,073 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 18% (8,698)
4 36% (17,796)
3 31% (15,392)
2 11% (5,360)
1 4% (1,827)
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