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
  • 31,711

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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 * TLS *show more

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.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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51,483 ratings
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4 36% (18,742)
3 31% (16,116)
2 11% (5,557)
1 4% (1,871)
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